The history of anthropology, of its emergence and development as a social science, is notoriously intertwined with that of philosophy.
The problem of the intelligibility of radically alien forms of thought lies at the crossroad between the philosophy of logic and the philosophy of social anthropology. As the history of both fields amply demonstrates, this problem is at once a defining trait of the latter and a crucial touchstone for the former. As such, however, this problem marks out a blind spot in both. For its twofold dimension has seldom been done justice to.
The aim of this workshop is to try to go some steps towards remedying this lacuna by bringing together prominent philosophers and anthropologists who have taken the above issue at heart and already done much to further our understanding of its terms and stakes, with special emphasis on three crucial figures of the previous century: the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, the British Anthropologist E.E. Evans-Pritchard, and the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.
Universität Leipzig, University of Chicago
Tel Aviv University
École Normale Supérieure, Paris
University of Toronto Scarborough
Western Oregon University, Monmouth
University of East Anglia, UK
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin