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Imagining the World that Warrants Our Imagination: The Revelation of Ontogeny

Christina Toren
The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Vol. 30, No. 1 (SPRING 2012), pp. 64-79
Published by: Berghahn Books
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43610890
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

To analyse the ontogeny of sociality in any given case is to throw into question various current ideas of sociality as instinct, or as based in an innate theory of mind, or as the artefact of actor-networks, or as necessitating certain ideas of agency. This paper argues that an understanding of human autopoiesis as an historical process provides for a unified model of human being in which all the many and manifold forms of sociality can be seen to be the emergent artefact of human ontogeny.

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