Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida

Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida

by Matthew Calarco
ISBN-10:
0231140231
ISBN-13:
9780231140232
Pub. Date:
06/13/2008
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
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Overview

Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida

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 Details

ISBN-13: 9780231140232
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/13/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Question of the Animal
1. Metaphysical Anthropocentrism: Heidegger
2. Facing the Other Animal: Levinas
3. Jamming the Anthropological Machine: Agamben
4. The Passion of the Animal: Derrida
Notes
Index

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