Stefan Ecks’s Lecture on Embodied Value Theory

広島文化人類学プロジェクト研究センター(TAIHI)では来る2月20日、医療人類学者ステファン・エックス氏の講演会を開催します。同氏はインドにおける抗うつ薬の受容を描いた Eating Drugs (NYU Press, 2013) をはじめ、幅広い研究活動で知られていますが、近著 Living Worth (Duke University Press, 2022) では「生」と「価値」という、人類学の大問題に取り組んでいます。今回の講演では、同氏が人類学の新たな価値理論として提示する Embodied Value Theory について検討します。参加は無料ですが、準備の都合上、会場参加、オンライン参加ともに事前の登録をお願いします。

The Anthropological Institute of Hiroshima (TAIHI) is pleased to announce a lecture by Dr. Stefan Ecks on embodied value theory, the novel anthropological theory that explains how living entities value life by way of commensuration. The lecture will take place at Hiroshima University at 4:00 p.m. JST on February 20, 2023. You are invited to take part either at the venue or online. Please kindly register your name in advance by submitting the form below.

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日時:2023年2月20日(月)4:00-6:00 p.m.
会場:広島大学東千田キャンパス・未来創生センター2階 M204 および オンライン(Zoom を使用)
* 会場の東千田キャンパスは広島市内にあります。大学本部のある東広島キャンパスではありませんのでご注意ください。

Date: February 20, 2023, 4:00-6:00 p.m. JST
Venue: Hiroshima University Higashi-Senda Innovative Research Center (2nd Floor, Room M204) and online (Zoom).
* Please note that the venue is located on the Higashi-Senda campus in Hiroshima city, not on the university’s main campus in Higashi-Hiroshima.

プログラム / Program :
4:00-5:00 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Stefan Ecks
5:00-6:00 p.m. Comments followed by open discussion

コメンテーター / Commentators :
Akinori Hamada (Tokyo University)
Mohacsi Gergely (Osaka University)

司会 / Moderator :
Makoto Nishi (Hiroshima University)

講演要旨 / Lecture abstract :
Value theory has always been part of anthropological theory, but only implicitly. ‘Culture’ was basically defined as a pattern of values. An explicit anthropological discussion of value is fairly recent. Some believe that a general value theory can be achieved. Others think that anthropology is all about discovering cultural incommensurabilities that cannot contain a universal notion of value. The greatest conceptual challenge is if cultural values (in the plural) can be synthesized with economic and exchange-based value (in the singular). Here I argue that values and value can be brought together within an embodied value theory (EVT). At the core of this new theory of value is embodied life as the ground and goal of valuing. Life values living, and life tries to make the most of life by valuing different possibilities. I show that all valuing rests on comparisons, and that the infinite similarities between different entities can only be decided in pragmatic contexts. I propose that biocommensurations, where at least one entity in a comparison is alive, is the universal form of valuing.

講師プロフィール / Lecturer profile :

主催 / Organizer :
The Anthropological Institute of Hiroshima (TAIHI)

共催 / Co-organizers :
日本文化人類学会中四国談話会 / The Japan Society for Cultural Anthropology Chugoku & Shikoku Colloquium
環インド洋地域研究東京大学拠点 / Indian Ocean World Studies, the University of Tokyo
実験性の生態学―人新世における多種共生関係に関する比較研究 / Ecologies of Experimentality: A Comparative Approach to Multispecies Coexistence in the Anthropocene

お問合せ / Please send your inquiries to :
西真如 Dr. Makoto Nishi