Relations that Pass Through: The Nature, the Culture, the Semiotic
This essay analyzes a series of anthropological positions – in particular the ones of Lévi-Strauss, Geertz, Clifford, Appadurai, Latour, Viveiros de Castro, Descola – that deal with the relationship between nature and culture. It highlights the wealth of visions and strategies of these positions as well as their complex and often unnoticed correlations. The essay will show how the doublings of nature and culture, as well as the attempts to find loopholes to this opposition, take on significance in relation to semiotics and how it can inspire new models to think culture. In particular, these anthropological works will give us the opportunity to identify in the semiotic that relational dimension that lies at the bottom of both nature and culture, which crosses the human and the non-human and challenges us as semioticians to rethink the value and form of our own relationalism.