Abstract

This paper suggests that today’s twin scientific interests in the extreme and extraterrestrial ground a novel kind of relativism, which I call extraterrestrial relativism, a relativism about “nature” over culture—and, more, about Earthly, even cosmic, nature. I develop the concept of extraterrestrial relativism using ethnographic work I conducted among astrobiologists and I suggest that this genre of relativism can be brought into a newly inaugurated conversation on “comparative relativisms” in anthropology.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1518
Print ISSN
0003-5491
Pages
pp. 1125-1139
Launched on MUSE
2012-10-31
Open Access
No
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