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Recent discourse within Western ecologism raises numerous issues relevant for the debate on animism within anthropology. Instead of perpetuating the image of the cosmological alterity of indigenous societies and instrumentaliz - ing it as an environmental utopia, this article argues for a certain “monism” of en - vironmental ethics. Based on insights of Western eco-psychology, Western tradi - tion of nature philosophy, as well as the work of anthropologists like Bird-David, Ingold, and Hornborg and their contributions to the debate on a “new animism”, it is argued that the spatio-temporal accumulation (or diminishment) of capacities to manage the borderlines of cosmological domains gives shape to the quality of human-nature-relationships. As the example from the Sateré-Mawé shows, their modes of human-nature relationship form a kind of sequence that has as much to do with historical external relations of an Amazonian society as with progressive advances and regressive longings in a person’s life cycle. Taken together, both Western discourse on an ecological turn of developmental psychology and the sequential modes of Sateré-Mawé human-nature relationships make a strong argu - ment for a common ground of environmental ethics. Both Western and indigenous societies are nowadays challenged by the necessity to re-construct an environ - mentally beneficent “animic way of being” (Ingold). To be aware of this common ground opens up the space for a more “symmetric anthropology”.

Palabras clave: Ontologies, ecologism, Sateré-Mawé, Amazonia, Brazil, 20 th -21 st centuries.
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Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México
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Versión 3.0 | 2017