An Art for the Other: The Animal in Philosophy and Art

An Art for the Other: The Animal in Philosophy and Art


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An Art for the Other: The Animal in Philosophy and Art by Leonardo Caffo, Valentina Sonzogni

In their witty and polemical cultural analysis, art and architecture historian Valentina Sonzogni and philosopher Leonardo Caffo explore a myriad a series of visual, ethical, and cultural issues relating to the idea of animality. In twenty-one playful but passionately argued letters to each other, Sonzogni and Caffo propose a change of attitude toward nonhuman animals among advocates, artists, and citizens, particularly in how other-than-human life is presented and re-presented in the visual tradition. Ranging widely across continental philosophy, art theory, and cultural criticism, and with nearly thirty illustrations, An Art for the Other is a fresh and compelling work of contemporary ideas from two of the freshest critical theoreticians in Europe today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590564899
Publisher: Lantern Books NY
Publication date: 03/28/2015
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Steve Baker vii

Premise: Something Beautiful xi

1 Metamorphoses: Human and Nonhuman Animals, and Some Hybridizations 1

2 From Metamorphosis to Hybridization 9

3 The Game: Choosing the Rules 13

4 The Impossible Indistinct 17

5 Taxidermies 21

6 The Singular Aberration and the Unique Beasts that, Therefore, We Are 27

7 Awakenings 31

8 Like Fireflies 37

9 Militancy and Revolution 41

10 Philosophy Is Militant if the Philosopher Isn't Hesitant 45

11 A Brief History of the Mall (and of the Slaughterhouse that Is Its Back Room) 49

12 The Slaughterhouse as a Gym 55

13 Still Lives (Natura Morta) 59

14 Inscribe the Other in Yourself; or, Human Grooming 63

15 A Starry Sky of Neurons 69

16 Some Compassion 75

17 Historia de un Amor 79

18 Use Is the First Discriminant 81

19 Enclosure 85

20 I Look at You, You Look at Me… 93

21 Elephants Have a Long Memory and Do Not Like Walking in Circles 97

Animal Mundi 105

Acknowledgments and Permissions 107

Notes 109

Select Bibliography 113

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