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The Open

Author : Giorgio Agamben
ISBN : 9780804767064
Genre : Social Science
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In 'The Open', contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben considers the ways in which the 'human' has been thought of as either a distinct and superior type of animal, or a kind of being that is essentially different from animal altogether.
Category: Social Science

The Open

Author : Giorgio Agamben
ISBN : 0804747377
Genre : Philosophy
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In The Open, contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben examines the ways in which, throughout the history of Western culture, man has been distinguished from animal, and in his inquiry discovers that the human arises not from the conjunction of a natural, living body and a divine or rational element, but rather through the workings of the “anthropological machine” which produces man by means of a strategic, practico-political separation of humanity from animality.
Category: Philosophy

The Open

Author : Giorgio Agamben
ISBN : 0804747377
Genre : Philosophy
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In 'The Open', contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben considers the ways in which the 'human' has been thought of as either a distinct and superior type of animal, or a kind of being that is essentially different from animal altogether.
Category: Philosophy

Man And Animal

Author : Hermann Poppelbaum
ISBN : 9781855844070
Genre : Anthropology
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‘To be man is to know the animals and all the creatures of the earth; it is to recognize our responsibility towards these beings, once of the same order as ourselves, but now obliged to live beside us in an incompleteness that never ceases its appeal to human beings – warning us to make ourselves worthy of the trust invested in us.’ – Hermann Poppelbaum What is the historical and evolutionary relationship between man and animal? In this classic text, based on the anthroposophical science founded by Rudolf Steiner, Poppelbaum, trained in Biology, compares the outer forms of man and animal, revealing their essential differences and contrasting inner experiences. Drawing a bold and clear delineation between the fundamental nature of man and that of the animal, Poppelbaum argues that human beings are not the accidental outcome of animal development, but the hidden source of evolution itself. He goes on to discuss the true relationship of both man and animal to their environment, and develops a critique of contemporary theories regarding human and animal evolution. He argues that, rather than a simple reflex of the nervous system, the human spirit is a microcosmic reflection of the spiritual macrocosm, and our individual consciousness is a crucial seed for future evolution.
Category: Anthropology

The Animal That Therefore I Am

Author : Jacques Derrida
ISBN : 9780823227921
Genre : Nature
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The Animal That Therefore I Am is the long-awaited translation of the complete text of Jacques Derrida's ten-hour address to the 1997 Cérisy conference entitled "The Autobiographical Animal," the third of four such colloquia on his work. The book was assembled posthumously on the basis of two published sections, one written and recorded session, and one informal recorded session.The book is at once an affectionate look back over the multiple roles played by animals in Derrida's work and a profound philosophical investigation and critique of the relegation of animal life that takes place as a result of the distinction--dating from Descartes--between man as thinking animal and every other living species. That starts with the very fact of the line of separation drawn between the human and the millions of other species that are reduced to a single "the animal." Derrida finds that distinction, or versions of it, surfacing in thinkers as far apart as Descartes, Kant, Heidegger, Lacan, and Levinas, and he dedicates extended analyses tothe question in the work of each of them.The book's autobiographical theme intersects with its philosophical analysis through the figures of looking and nakedness, staged in terms of Derrida's experience when his cat follows him into the bathroom in the morning. In a classic deconstructive reversal, Derrida asks what this animal sees and thinks when it sees this naked man. Yet the experiences of nakedness and shame also lead all the way back into the mythologies of "man's dominion over the beasts" and trace a history of how man has systematically displaced onto the animal his own failings or bêtises. The Animal That Therefore I Am is at times a militant plea and indictment regarding, especially, the modern industrialized treatment of animals. However, Derrida cannot subscribe to a simplistic version of animal rights that fails to follow through, in all its implications, the questions and definitions of "life" to which he returned in much of his later work.
Category: Nature

Animal Philosophy

Author : Matthew Calarco
ISBN : 0826464130
Genre : Philosophy
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Animal Philosophy is the first text to look at the place and treatment of animals in Continental thought. A collection of essential primary and secondary readings on the animal question, it brings together contributions from the following key Continental thinkers: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Levinas, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Derrida, Ferry, Cixous, and Irigaray. Each reading is followed by commentary and analysis from a leading contemporary thinker. The coverage of the subject is exceptionally broad, ranging across perspectives that include existentialism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, phenomenology and feminism. This anthology is an invaluable one-stop resource for anyone researching, teaching or studying animal ethics and animal rights in the fields of philosophy, cultural studies, literary theory, sociology, environmental studies and gender and women's studies.
Category: Philosophy

Picturing The Beast

Author : Steve Baker
ISBN : 0252070305
Genre : Nature
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From Mickey Mouse to the teddy bear, from the Republican elephant to the use of jackass as an all-purpose insult, images of animals play a central role in politics, entertainment, and social interactions. The author examines how such images - sometimes affectionate, sometimes derogatory, always distorting - affect how real animals are perceived.
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Animal Others

Author : H. Peter Steeves
ISBN : 0791443108
Genre : Nature
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Explores questions concerning animals from a continental perspective.
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Thinking Italian Animals

Author : D. Amberson
ISBN : 9781137454775
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This bracing volume collects work on Italian writers and filmmakers that engage with nonhuman animal subjectivity. These contributions address 3 major strands of philosophical thought: perceived borders between man and animals, historical and fictional crises, and human entanglement with the nonhuman and material world.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Foray Into The Worlds Of Animals And Humans

Author : Jakob von Uexküll
ISBN : 0816658994
Genre : Philosophy
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The influential work of speculative biology-and a key document in posthumanist studies-now available in a new, accurate English translation.
Category: Philosophy