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Beyond the Juxtaposition of Nature and Culture

Lawrence Krader, Interdisciplinarity, and the Concept of the Human Being


Edited By Cyril Levitt and Sabine Sander

The essays contained in Beyond the Juxtaposition of Nature and Culture represent an attempt by scholars from Canada, Germany, and Mexico to come to grips with the innovative work of the American philosopher and anthropologist Lawrence Krader who has proposed nothing less than a new theory of nature, according to which there are at least three different orders—the material-biotic, the quantum, and the human—which differ from one another according to their different configurations of space-time, and which cannot be reduced the one to the others. Each author takes up Krader’s theory in relation to its impact on their own discipline: sociology, anthropology, the study of myth, the theory of labor and value, economics, linguistics, and aesthetics. The question of how nature and culture can be integrated within a theoretical framework which links them in difference and nexus and allows each their non-reductive space leads each of the contributors to move in their thinking beyond the old dualisms of materialism and idealism, fact and value, nature and culture.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Levitt, Cyril, editor. | Sander, Sabine, editor. Title: Beyond the juxtaposition of nature and culture: Lawrence Krader, interdisciplinarity, and the concept of the human being / edited by Cyril Levitt and Sabine Sander. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Series: History and philosophy of science: heresy, crossroads, and intersections; vol. 5 ISSN 2376-6336 (print) | ISSN 2376-6344 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018005686 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4292-5 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4293-2 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4294-9 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-4295-6 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Human ecology—Philosophy. Social ecology—Philosophy. | Krader, Lawrence. Classification: LCC GF21.B49 2018 | DDC 304.201—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b13463 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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