Add to Cart. 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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Been a few months since I finished it, but I remember enough to highly recommend it for anyone doing work in animal theory. Matthew Calarco. Calarco California State Univ. He takes to task the belief that Anglo philosophy alone boasts of a strong tradition on this issue. For example, despite being critical of an ontotheological thesis of animals, Heidegger nonetheless writes of an "abyssal" difference between human and animal life.
Calarco's basic thesis is that this binary is no longer defendable, forever destroyed by the sciences and humanities. Derrida begins with humankind's pre-philosophical encounter with animals as fellow beings capable of suffering, embodied and "vulnerable" although this last description is problematic as it is, arguably, a continuation of humans' desire to infantilize animals.
This important analysis is long overdue. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Reviewed by M. Facing the Other Animal Levinas.
Jamming the Anthropological Machine Agamben. The Passion of the Animal Derrida. Metaphysical Anthropocentrism Heidegger.