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The Animal Catalyst: Towards Ahuman Theory (Hardback)
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The Animal Catalyst: Towards Ahuman Theory (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 19/06/2014
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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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472526847
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm


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How do "we" relate to animals? Treating "them" with respect and granting "them" legal rights just isn't enough. The chapters in this book propose more radical approaches- starting with the rejection of the whole "we vs. them" framework. The Animal Catalyst is an urgent and necessary book, because it tells us that we cannot love and care for others without questioning and undoing ourselves. * Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University, USA *
The so called "Animal Turn" in the arts and humanities is neither the 'next big thing' nor a flash in the pan: it is here to stay with us and its confluences with posthuman, transhuman, and nonhuman theory will reshape these fields permanently. MacCormack has collected a brilliant selection of essays at the exact point of this conjunction, with original contributions in animal studies, philosophy, film and media theory, cultural studies and queer theory. As MacCormack says, though, The Animal Catalyst belongs to no one discourse, creating a new standard and class of "ahuman" theory that is all its own. * John Mullarkey, Professor of Film and TV, Kingston University, London *

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