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A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans: with A Theory of Meaning

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Is the tick a machine or a machine operator? Is it a mere object or a subject? With these questions, the pioneering biophilosopher Jakob von Uexküll embarks on a remarkable exploration of the unique social and physical environments that individual animal species, as well as individuals within species, build and inhabit. This concept of the umwelt has become enormously impo...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1934)
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Tim Mclaughlin
Oct 18, 2011 Tim Mclaughlin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in phenomenology in general or Jonas in particular
Recommended to Tim by: University professor
This is truly one of the most unusual books that I have ever read. After reading, I'm left with one overall impression: "quirky."

I'm presently taking a course broadly focused on the "phenomenology of life," and this was required reading. Von Uexküll had a clear influence on several phenomenologists, most explicitly Heidegger (cf. The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics), Merleau-Ponty (cf. The Structure of Behaviour and the "Nature" Course Notes), and Hans Jonas (The Phenomenon of Life). Of the...more
Montriblood
Surprisingly easy to read and understand for a profane (as I am), this book builds interesting bridges with philosophy, especially in relocating the animal as a conscious subject, capable of subjective decisions, rather than a primitive and instinctive creature.
Tea
Nov 28, 2008 Tea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers, fans of Gilles Deleuze, ecologists
Shelves: natura-naturans
The creator of biosemiotic approach to nature leads you to the wonderful world of animals. (First) Jakob von Uexkull (1864-1944) offers a fresh perspective and treats animals as subjects, philosophical subjects, not objects. Revolutionary!
Peter
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