Do we, as anthropologists, have anything specific to offer to help humankind understand the varieties of its experience of the world? Can the style of knowledge that we have developed over time be transposed beyond the particular circumstances that have presided over its birth and the culturespecific concepts that we have inherited from this historical genesis? Are we reluctant imperialists riding the waves of globalisation and trying to peddle half-heartedly our used wares to people who have no real need for them, or do we still have a contribution to make to a non-ethnocentric understanding of the human condition? I think we do.

Philippe Descola 2005. On anthropological knowledge.