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In Animal Rites, Cary Wolfe examines contemporary notions of humanism and ethics by reconstructing a little known but crucial underground tradition of theorizing the animal from Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Lyotard to Lévinas, Derrida, Žižek, Maturana, and Varela. Through detailed readings of how discourses of race, sexuality, colonialism, and animality interact in twentieth- ...more
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Published February 1st 2003 by University of Chicago Press
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The only useful things for my thesis was the introduction. I have no freaking idea what this book is about. WHY THE FRICK ARE THEORY BOOKS WRITTEN IN SUCH A COMPLICATED WAY?!
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Probably would have been 5 stars but he used “Toni Morrison” and “fails” in the same sentence, which just isn’t acceptable.
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I think this is one of those books that I will re-read periodically, as my own experience and philosophical reference grows. Wolfe synthesizes philosophy, activism, and cross-disciplinary studies (biology, systems theory) to open up larger conversations about speciesism, but without getting trapped by the ethical dilemmas of animal rights while we still lack a complete understanding (let alone the practice) of human rights. He uses classical philosophical readings, and pairs them with literature ...more
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