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Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human

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Philosophy reads humanity against animality, arguing that "man" is man because he is separate from beast. Deftly challenging this position, Kelly Oliver proves that, in fact, it is the animal that teaches us to be human. Through their sex, their habits, and our perception of their purpose, animals show us how not to be them.

This kinship plays out in a number of ways. We sa
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Columbia University Press
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Karl Steel
Dec 13, 2009 Karl Steel rated it liked it
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A great and boggy disappointment. Do we need yet another book cataloging the failures of Lacan and Heidegger on animals? After Derrida, after Calarco, after Wolfe, probably not. It does help that Oliver gives us chapters on the failures of Freud and Kristeva, Rousseau and Herder, de Beauvoir and Agamben, and on the successes of Derrida and Merleau-Ponty, but the failures are all roughly the same (animals stand in for the body, or the presymbolic, or they're symbolic substitutions of family relat ...more
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Dec 06, 2015 Mirrani rated it it was ok
I was sadly disappointed with this book, which I was hoping would deliver so much more. I felt as if there was a lot of rambling for a little content that didn't exactly match the nature of the title. It wasn't so much as what animals teach us as it was a comparison of human behavior to that of animals. If you are looking for a book that questions the divide between human and animal, something that defines where the line is drawn, that is the real question discussed in this book. I am sure someo ...more
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Kelly Oliver (born 1958) is an American philosopher whose work contributes to the fields of feminism, film theory, media studies, political philosophy, and ethics. She is W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Oliver received her PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1987, and taught in the Philosophy departm
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