As I have already indicated this is a book arguing for nature. In other words, there’s a belief that the word can still do some work. (In the text I sometimes use ‘Nature’ with a capital N when reference is made to the idea of a fixed and single world, totally outside systems of understanding and acting. I prefer to use ‘nature’, small n, to denote that natures are made but not in ways that are reducible to human meaning systems.) In the following pages, nature (certainly demoted from the capital Nature) is alive and well and living in inner-city Birmingham, in subtropical Africa, in laboratories, on farms, in the offices of European governments, on allotments, and so on,
Hintchliffe - Geographies of natures
Does this sense of wonder, which Rorty attributes to the poet, not also lie at the root of anthropological sensibility? Like poetry, anthropology is a quest for education in the original sense of the term, far removed from the sense it has subsequently acquired through its assimilation to the institution of the school. Derived from the Latin educere (from ex, “out,” plus ducere, “to lead”), education was a matter of leading novices out into the world rather than, as commonly understood today, of instilling knowledge in to their minds.