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Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Calarco
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Zoographies challenges the anthropocentrism of the Continental philosophical tradition and advances the position that, while some distinctions are valid, humans and animals are best viewed as part of an ontological whole. Matthew Calarco draws on ethological and evolutionary evidence and the work of Heidegger, who called for a radicalized responsibility toward all forms of life. He also turns to Levinas, who raised questions about the nature and scope of ethics; Agamben, who held the "anthropological machine" responsible for the horrors of the twentieth century; and Derrida, who initiated a nonanthropocentric ethics. Calarco concludes with a call for the abolition of classical versions of the human-animal distinction and asks that we devise new ways of thinking about and living with animals.

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Matthew Calarco's book combines a passion for his subject matter with a keenly penetrating grasp of the complex issues which 'the question of the animal' raises at this juncture of Western history. -- Edward Casey, Distinguished Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook This important analysis is long overdue... Highly recommended. Choice 1/1/09

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Matthew Calarco is assistant professor of philosophy at California State University, Fullerton. His books include On Levinas; Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings in Continental Thought; and The Continental Ethics Reader.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 24171 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0231140231
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QNNIE0
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Animal and Continental Philosophy 30 Jan. 2009
This is an excellent book addressing a mostly ignored area of Continental Philosophy (although many contintental philosophers have directly or indirectly addressed the problem) of what is the relationship between the human and the animal in the wake of modern biological science.

Calarco is keen to answer the question of whether the distinction (philosophically speaking) between human and (non-human) animals can be maintained. With this in mind he sets out to expose the anthropocentrism inherent within the philosophies of Heidegger, Levinas, Agamben, and Derrida (although as Calarco admits, some philosophers are more guilty than others).

Calarco concludes that the human-animal distinction is no longer tenable and in the interests of animal welfare we should relocate our philosophical thinking to accomodate this fact. Although (I think) that I disagree with Calarco's conclusion (I believe that some kind of anthrpocentrism within philosophy may ne necessary to stave off nihilism) this an excellent book for all those involved with the consequences of evolution for philosophical thought and heartily recommended for its insights and clarity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Overview 9 Mar. 2012
By Martin Rowe - Published on
Calarco's book is a mercifully clear and thoughtfully compiled series of essays on the ways Heidegger Levinas, Agamben, and Derrida approach "the question of the animal". I especially appreciated Calarco's thorough and well-considered essay on Derrida, and how he asked the kinds of questions of this and other philosophers that analytic philosophy and those demanding a more obviously directive ethic sometimes feel that such philosophy frustrates: viz.: what do we DO then?! It helps to have a grasp of the lingo, but of the recent books I've read, this one is the clearest. It takes its time to unfurl its arguments and isn't concerned to show you just how clever it is at playing with language. Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wish I knew 23 April 2014
By Hanna - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wish I could say whether or not this book was good, but I can't, because in the copy I received, on every even page, the text cuts off about a half inch before it's supposed to, leaving a white strip where words should be, rendering the thing as a whole unreadable. I returned the book and don't care enough to wait for Amazon to send me a replacement. Way to go Columbia University Press. Still not as good as your neighbor Princeton.
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