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The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida

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Zoographies challenges the anthropocentrism of the Continental philosophical tradition and advances the position that, while some distinctions are valid, humans and animals are best viewed as part of an ontological whole. Matthew Calarco draws on ethological and evolutionary evidence and the work of Heidegger, who called for a radicalized responsibility toward all forms of life. He also turns to Levinas, who raised questions about the nature and scope of ethics; Agamben, who held the "anthropological machine" responsible for the horrors of the twentieth century; and Derrida, who initiated a nonanthropocentric ethics. Calarco concludes with a call for the abolition of classical versions of the human-animal distinction and asks that we devise new ways of thinking about and living with animals.

Product code: 9780231140232

ISBN 9780231140232
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 184
Publisher Columbia University Press
On Sale Date 08/07/2008
Challenges the anthropocentrism of the continental philosophical tradition and advances the position that, although some distinctions are valid, humans and animals are best viewed as part of an ontological whole. This book draws on ethological and evolutionary evidence and the work of Heidegger; Luc Ferry and Jurgen Habermas; and, Levinas.