The Animal Catalyst: Towards Ahuman Theory

The Animal Catalyst deals with the question of what is an animal and also in some instances, what is a human It pushes critical animal studies in important new directions it re examines basic assumptions, suggests new paradigms for how we can live and function ecologically, in a world that is not simply ours It argues that it is not enough to recognise the ethiThe Animal Catalyst deals with the question of what is an animal and also in some instances, what is a human It pushes critical animal studies in important new directions it re examines basic assumptions, suggests new paradigms for how we can live and function ecologically, in a world that is not simply ours It argues that it is not enough to recognise the ethical demands placed upon us by our encounters with animals, or to critique our often murderous treatment of them this simply reinforces human exceptionalism Featuring contributions from leading academics, lawyers, artists and activists, the book examines key issues such as How compassion for animals reinforces ideas of what distinguishes human beings from other animals How speciesism and human centricity are built into the legal system How individualist subjectivity works in relation to animals who may not think of themselves in the same way How any consideration of animal others must involve a radical deconstruction of our very notion of the human How art, philosophy and literature can both avoid speciesism and deliver the human from subjectivity.This volume is a unique project which stands at the cutting edge of both animal rights philosophies and posthuman artistic abstract philosophies of identity It will be of great interest to undergraduates and researchers in philosophy, ethics, particularly continental philosophy, critical theory and cultural studies.
The Animal Catalyst Towards Ahuman Theory The Animal Catalyst deals with the question of what is an animal and also in some instances what is a human It pushes critical animal studies in important new directions it re examines basic assumpti

  • Title: The Animal Catalyst: Towards Ahuman Theory
  • Author: Patricia MacCormack
  • ISBN: 9781306722414
  • Page: 416
  • Format: ebook
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    1. A liberating attack is a paradox. How can an attack be liberating? It can be so if it is an attack with language aimed to dissolve useless ideas of identity. The subtitle to this book is Towards Ahuman Theory which is also in a way a paradox because it insinuates that what is human is very well defined though this is absolutely not the case which is very much referred to in the book. In this way towards ahuman theory is moving towards dissolving the rigid, false ways humans have made identity th [...]

    2. I almost stopped reading this before I really began, because the introduction is almost impenetrable, unnecessarily thick with jargon and obscure conceptual analysis. It was immediately clear that the target audience for the book is those who are already experts in the area, not perhaps those with a casual interest. However, I pushed through and found the immediately following to be much easier - more clearly written and transparently laid out. Overall, the essays were mixed - too many seemed to [...]

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