Culture Confronts Nature in the Dialectical World of the Tropics
Isbell, Billie Jean
As an anthropologist, I would like to suggest that the tropics provide a perceptual environment that promotes and enhances a particular 'science of the concrete, whereby perceived order in the environment is the basis for systems of classifications, epistemological structures, and cosmologies. In the American tropics, the science of the concrete takes on a particular character that results in epistemologies founded in what I will call dialectical, reversible dualism.
New York Academy of Science
Astronomy; Ethnoastronomy; Archaeoastronomy; Mesoamerica; Indigenous Societies; American Tropics; Zenith; Nadir; Anthropology
Previously Published As
Isbell, Billie Jean. Culture Confronts Nature in the Dialectical World of the Tropics. In Ethno-Astronomy and Archaeo-Astronomy in the American Tropics, edited by A. F. Aveni and G. Urton. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 385 (1982): 353-363.