Workshop 2017/2018

The Problem of the Intelligibility of Alien Forms of Thought: Cross-Perspectives in Anthropology and Philosophy of Logic

07.–08. Juni 2018


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.






Jean-Philippe Narboux

Associate Professor of Philosophy



Corina Pertschi


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