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Zoontologies: The Question Of The Animal

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Those nonhuman beings called "animals" pose philosophical and ethical questions that go to the root not just of what we think but of who we are. Their presence asks: what happens when "the other" can no longer safely be assumed to be human? This collection offers a set of incitements and coordinates for exploring how these issues have been represented in contemporary cultu ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 29th 2003 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 2003)
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Martin Rowe
Wolfe has put together an eclectic anthology on what the subtitle calls (after Derrida) "the question of the animal." Wolfe's excellent introduction and his long examination of Wittgenstein's famous dictum—"If a lion could talk, we could not understand him"—range much further than simply an analysis of language games and are worth the price of the book in themselves. I look forward to reading Animal Rites immensely. I thought Steve Baker's "Sloughing the Human" about animals and art deserved to ...more
Christy
I feel I should note that the two stars given this book aren't so much a judgment of its overall quality as they are a judgment of its relevance to my current work.

I found Ursula Heise's essay on extinction and representation of animals fascinating, but otherwise the essays just didn't as directly touch on my project. Also, in a few cases, I was turned off with excessively theoretical language (I like even my theory to be straightforward if possible).
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A handful of fascinating essays from fields as diverse as philosophy, art and journalism. LeDuff's NYTimes piece "At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die" is probably the most captivating and brutal writing in the whole book.
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The best parts are dated, the worst parts are unbearably pretentious and Alphonso Lingis is Alphonso Lingis... there are worse ways to spend circa 200 pages
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