N.2/2019 Pratiche di immanenza

L’antropologo sciamanizzante. Sciamanesimo e statuto del discorso antropologico in Eduardo Viveiros de Castro

Maririta Guerbo

(Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - Università degli Studi Roma Tre)

Published in December, 2019

The shamanizing anthropologist. Shamanism and the theoretical foundation of the anthropological discourse in Eduardo Viveiros de Castro


The starting point of this paper is the statement of Eduardo Viveiros de Castro about Perspectivism and Shamanism in Amazonia: according to the author, both are practices of Immanence. We intend to separate and discuss the meaning and the theoretical context of this twofold assertion. Regarding the first term, Perspectivism, we question its pertinence as a practice of Immanence. Contrarily, it is at the intersection of Structuralism and the Deleuzian concept of Becoming that Shamanism helps us think the problem of Immanence. Lastly, we argue that Viveiros de Castro himself pretends to practice a sort of “shamanizing anthropology”: his discourse doesn’t aim to represent Alterity, but to make it experienceable.


Ontological Turn, Structuralism, Perspectivism, Shamanism, Becoming.

Critical Journal of History of Ideas
International Philosophy Journal

Andrea Tagliapietra and Sebastiano Ghisu

Giovanni Campus

Authorized by Tribunale di Sassari n.455 del 14/7/2008 - ISSN 2035-732X - ISSN (Paper edition) 2035-732X