|Anthropology, Epistemology, Ethnology, Ontology|
|The four ontologies (animism, totemism, analogism, naturalism)|
He started with an interest in philosophy and later became a student of Claude Lévi-Strauss. His ethnographic studies in the Amazon region began in 1976 and was funded by CNRS. He lived with the Achuar from 1976 to 1978. His reputation largely arises from these studies. He is currently chair of anthropology at the Collège de France. His wife, Anne-Christine Taylor, is an ethnologist.
- Descola, Philippe (1994). In the society of nature: a native ecology in Amazonia. Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology 93. Nora Scott (trans.). Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. OCLC 27974392.
- Descola, Philippe (1996). The spears of twilight: life and death in the Amazon jungle. Janet Lloyd (trans.). New York: New Press. OCLC 34471521.
- Descola, Philippe (2013). Beyond Nature and Culture. Janet Lloyd (trans.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. OCLC 809911095.
- Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale (Official site)
- Collège de France Chaire d'Anthropologie de la nature
- Radio France Article
- Who owns nature ?, by Philippe Descola, La Vie des idées, 21 janvier 2008.