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Animal Side

"Seductive in tone and style. It offers a seemingly simple yet powerful meditation on the larger role played by the animal kingdom." -- -Miladus Doueihi University of Glasgow "... Takes us on a poetic and philosophical journal that follows several paths, all leading to an encounter with the animal world... The reader will marvel at the author's penetrating vision of our shared world, one that in this case can be achieved only from animal side, or, should we say, through the gaze of the animal itself." -L'Esprit Createur "A reflection-part philosophical, part poetic-on mankind's shared existence with animal life. A truly breathtaking piece of writing." -- -John T. Hamilton Harvard University

The Animal Side is a manifesto on the importance of animals for human thought. It attempts to characterize the importance, for human beings, of the fact that animals exist. Adopting a philosophical and poetic approach, the book seeks to show that animals' ways of inhabiting the earth are, for human consciousness, an expansion and an exploration of what philosophers and poets have tried to name by speaking of the Open. Les mer

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The Animal Side is a manifesto on the importance of animals for human thought. It attempts to characterize the importance, for human beings, of the fact that animals exist. Adopting a philosophical and poetic approach, the book seeks to show that animals' ways of inhabiting the earth are, for human consciousness, an expansion and an exploration of what philosophers and poets have tried to name by speaking of the Open.

Beginning with the story of an encounter with a deer on a road at night, the book proceeds by showing that, beyond the diversity of animal life and the ways animals differ from human beings, there is a "layer of the perceptible" on which we all draw, humans and animals alike, in our own ways. At present, however, this layer itself is at risk. Thus the book can also be read as a defense and illustration of animals' modes of

being, and as a plea for their survival.

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Forlag
Fordham University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780823234431
Utgivelsesår
2011
Format
21 x 14 cm

Om forfatteren

Jean-Christophe Bailly teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Nature et du Paysage, in Blois, France. His books include The Animal Side and The Instant and Its Shadow, as well as many other books and artists’ catalogs in French. Catherine Porter is Professor of French Emerita at the State University of New York at Cortland and former president of the Modern Language Association. She has translated more than fifty books, including Bruno Latour’s Down to Earth and Elisabeth Roudinesco’s The Sovereign Self.

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"Seductive in tone and style. It offers a seemingly simple yet powerful meditation on the larger role played by the animal kingdom." -- -Miladus Doueihi University of Glasgow "... Takes us on a poetic and philosophical journal that follows several paths, all leading to an encounter with the animal world... The reader will marvel at the author's penetrating vision of our shared world, one that in this case can be achieved only from animal side, or, should we say, through the gaze of the animal itself." -L'Esprit Createur "A reflection-part philosophical, part poetic-on mankind's shared existence with animal life. A truly breathtaking piece of writing." -- -John T. Hamilton Harvard University

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