By Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff
In Amazonian Cosmos, a special and engaging contribution to South American ethnography, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff investigates the realm view of an remoted Indian tribe, the Desana, of the Northwest Amazon. the writer labored with a unmarried informant over a chronic interval, and later checked his findings generally within the box. The acculturated local informant expressed his principles of guy and the Universe in phrases that transcend the slim limits of a really good ethnological paintings and that exhibit an interrelated method of symptoms and emblems of a lot wider curiosity. by utilizing mythology and local languages as keys to an knowing of social habit, the writer has reached a degree of inquiry and a intensity of notion not often completed in a research of primitive rain woodland Indians, these remnants of as soon as strong tribes that now are speedily disappearing.
Claude Lévi-Strauss writes of Amazonian Cosmos: “I have tested your e-book with passionate curiosity and i'm surprised on the riches of that universe that you divulge to us in it. South American ethnography seriously is not a similar back, for you will have introduced it right into a new period ... it's very unlikely to precise enough appreciation for the intense demonstration you've given us of hitherto unsuspected percentages for research in depth.”
Amazonian Cosmos is the author’s personal translation of Desana, released in Spanish in 1969.
GERARDO REICHEL-DOLMATOFF is learn fellow on the Universidad de los Andes, and member of the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología in Bogotá. he's the writer of 8 books, together with “Colombia”: historic Peoples and areas and the folk of Aritama, and has additionally released a number of articles on Colombian ethnology and archaeology.
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141, cf. also 233) and is followed by Diels, DG 102 ff. For details see Ch. 1. 58 Doubt on this point was already expressed by Stratton, 15 and Regenbogen, col. 8-19. 59 T h e m e t h o d is that of nineteenth-century stemmatology (developed by Lachmann and others), which philological editors of an ancient text use to derive the plurality of extant manuscripts ('sources') from a lost archetypus. Apparently Diels believed that the same approach applied to the texts related in content. His search for a single c o m m o n source is beyond doubt.
And next note. d i s c e r n i n g a n d h a v i n g p e r c e i v e d t h e results [τά σ υ μ β α ί ν ο ν τ α ] of e i t h e r of t w o h y p o t h e s e s is n o m e a n i n s t r u m e n t ; f o r t h e n it o n l y r e m a i n s to c h o o s e t h e t r u e a n d a v o i d t h e false. (Rev. O x f . T r . ) The kinship of dialectic with philosophy is illustrated by the emphasis on its importance for the acquisition of knowledge. Furthermore, the passage connects the aspects of anticipating implications of hypotheses, knowledge (γνώσις) and the required talent for making the right choices.
The kinship of dialectic with philosophy is illustrated by the emphasis on its importance for the acquisition of knowledge. Furthermore, the passage connects the aspects of anticipating implications of hypotheses, knowledge (γνώσις) and the required talent for making the right choices. This passage not only shows close links with the goal stated at the beginning of the treatise (twofold task, avoiding contradictory argument, Top. A. 1), but at the same time states that weighing pro and contra of the consequences (loc.