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Pages: 208

Language: English

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (5 Jun. 2014)

By: Patricia Maccormack (Author)

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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 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.

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