A thinking forest is not a metaphor. Rooted in richly composted, other-than-symbolic semiotic worldings, this book teaches the reader how other-than-human encounters open possibilities for the emergent realization of worlds, not just worldviews. The semiotics in this well-wrought book are technical, worked, demanding, tuned to form and modality, alert to emergent properties, multinaturally and ethnographically precise. Thinking with the other-than-human world shows that what humans share with all living beings is the fact that we all live with and through signs. Life is constitutively semiotic. Besides all that, this book is a powerfully good read, one that changed my dreams and reworked my settled habits of interpretation, even the multispecies ones. -- Donna Haraway, UC Santa Cruz
I can only call this thought-leaping in the most creative sense. A supreme artifact of the human skill in symbolic thinking, this work takes us to the other side of significationitself doubly manifest in what gets noticed and not noticedwhere it is possible to imagine all life as thoughtful life. It has been done hand in hand with the Runa. It could not have been done without the delicacy of Kohn s ethnographic attentiveness. However far along the track you want to travel with Kohn, you will see that the anthropological landscape has already changed. -- Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge
...A work of art... [and] an immensely refreshing alternative [for] philosophical anthropology. Bruno Latour, Sciences Po
Radically innovative and original [and] beautifully written. Anna Tsing, UC Santa Cruz
A remarkable aspect of [this book] is the complex and often beautifully written intermingling of subtle theoretical propositions with an even subtler ethnography. Philippe Descola, College de France
[Kohn] means to attach us again to the world we thought our thinking removed us from by showing us that the world too thinks. I know dancers and painters who would groove to Kohn's expansion of self and thought and living, and I want to see the dances, paintings, films, buildings that come out of dreaming over this book. "Bookslut"