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Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism

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In "Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism," Gary Steiner illuminates postmodernism's inability to produce viable ethical and political principles. Ethics requires notions of self, agency, and value that are not available to postmodernists. Thus, much of what is published under the rubric of postmodernist theory lacks a proper basis for a systematic engagement with ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Columbia University Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Rhys
Jul 13, 2014 Rhys rated it liked it
Steiner's exegesis of postmodernism is brilliant - maybe one of the best I have read. But he seems to be shadow-boxing postmodernism as it relates to his thesis - animal equality.

He seems to target the non-essentialist paradigm for all the ills of society from the Soviet gulag (p.8) to our collective treatment of animals. He clearly believes that we need to have an Universal Law to protect animals, something that Liberal cosmopolitanism and postmodernism cannot deliver. He seems to forget his ow
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Danielle
Aug 05, 2016 Danielle rated it liked it
I read this book looking for some answers in regards to my Masters project but didn't find much in what I was looking for. This book focuses more on the animal rights relationship between animals and humans (I was looking for something more in the domestic realm).

It was a pretty dense read and I found myself rereading a lot of things to try to understand them with the main argument appearing to be that postmodern thinkers could move away from the vague feel-good-do-good ethics of treating animal
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