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Of Jaguars and Butterflies

Metalogues on Issues in Anthropology and Philosophy

Geoffrey Lloyd and Aparecida Vilaça

130 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-904-8 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Published (April 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80073-905-5 eBook

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“This is a work of outstanding interest and originality, both in form and in content.” • Nicholas Jardine, Cambridge University

“This is a rare treat: a sequence of conversations between an anthropologist and a philosopher who tease out a series of fascinating questions, notably those posed to the mind of the philosopher by the materials of the anthropologist. It is a hugely illuminating exercise, because of who they are and what they are discussing.” • Marilyn Strathern, Cambridge University


What are we to make of statements that jaguars see themselves as humans, or of doubts about the boundary between dreams and waking? Jointly authored by an anthropologist and a philosopher, this book investigates some of the most puzzling ideas and practices reported in modern ethnography and ancient philosophy, concerning humans, animals, persons, spirits, agency, selfhood, consciousness, nature, life, death, disease and health. The study’s twin aims are first to explore the possibility of achieving a better understanding of the materials we discuss and then to see what lessons we can draw from them to challenge and revise our own fundamental assumptions.

Geoffrey Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge. He was Master of Darwin College, Cambridge, from 1989 to 2000. Among his most notable publications are Magic, Reason and Experience (Cambridge University Press, 1979), and Cognitive Variantions (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Aparecida Vilaça is a social anthropologist who has been working for three decades among the Wari’ people (Amazonia, Brazil). She is a collaborating Professor at the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Her publications include Paletó and Me. Memories of my Indigenous father (Stanford University Press, 2021).

Subject: Anthropology (General)


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