McKenzie WarkLippit traces the career of the animal from Aristotle to Derrida, via Rousseau, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the usual suspects, and tracks it to a wild new landscape that is still emerging. What Lippit pulls off in Electric Animal is, weirdly, the bringing together of nature and artifice in their joint opposition to language. Language is supposed to go with artifice, and with what is human, against what is natural, and what is animal. What is profound about this reshuffling of the metaphysical deck is the trick card it turns up. It's a portal to thinking otherwise. Lippit's last speculation points way beyond the confines of this meticulous little book.