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World Philosophy Day - A series of conferences on Pierre Clastres
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The symposium “The Copernican revolution and the question of the State” will be entirely dedicated to Pierre Clastres, French anthropologist and ethnologist. It will take place in Room II at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, from 18 to 20 November 2009.

Pierre Clastres is a French anthropologist and ethnologist whose original work merits being rediscovered by many. He dedicated a large part of his life on the study of conceptions of power and the State in so-called “primitive” societies, and notably in Native American societies such as the Guayaki.

In his text Society against the State, whose first edition dates back to 1974, he shows that it is inappropriate to think that these societies have not yet discovered power and the State. To the contrary, these societies have been constructed so as to avoid that the State appears, thus constituting telling examples of other modes of possible organization of societies.

The symposium will be organized by the University of Paris VII.

The proceedings will take place only in French.

The entrance will be at: 125 Avenue de Suffren 75007 Paris.

To register and for any other question, please contact the Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section, philosophy&human-sciences;@unesco.org.

Start Date 18-11-2009
End Date 20-11-2009
Event Type Symposium
Event Location Room II, UNESCO House, Paris, France

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