Globalization and Global Thought

An Anthropological Extension of Non-Philosophy

  • Adam Louis-Klein The New School For Social Research
Keywords: Eduardo Viveiros De Castro, speculative realism, ontological pluralism, non-philosophy, the ontological turn


Non-philosophy is a theoretical practice that provides an alternative account of universality in an age of globalization and cultural homogenization. In this article, the author conjoins non-philosophy and ontological anthropology to think a uni-versalist globality against particularist, nationalist, and ethnocentric reactions to globalization. In making an anthropological usage of non-philosophy, the author intends to extend François Laruelle’s notion of philosophy as “Greco-Judaic transcendence” beyond its Eurocentric relativity and toward the global field of ontologies. A non-philosophical treatment of Eduardo Viveiros de Castro’s concept of Amerindian Perspectivism prepares the way for a unified theory of philosophy and anthropology, a discipline simultaneously transcendental and empirical. In trying to articulate a variational and matrixial approach to indigenous ontologies, the author aims at a decolonial and generic extension of non-philosophy.

Author Biography

Adam Louis-Klein, The New School For Social Research

Adam Louis-Klein has an M.A in anthropology from the University of Chicago and an M.A in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. His work focuses on cosmopolitics, comparative ontology, non-philosophy, and Northwest Amazonian cosmologies. He is interested in studying ontologies empirically in order to develop a non-modern and cosmic style of thought. He is inspired by indigenous cosmology and ancient forms of shamanism, while engaging directly with thinkers of the Western tradition of philosophy, such as Parmenides, Plato, Hegel, Heidegger, or Deleuze. Louis-Klein seeks to make use of Non-philosophy in order to further the ontological turn in anthropology’s project of formalizing the open multiplicity of transcendental worlds and in expanding the domain of the thinkable.

How to Cite
Louis-Klein, A. (2020). Globalization and Global Thought. Oraxiom: A Journal of Non-Philosophy, 1(1), 77-90. Retrieved from