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The Animals in Us – We in Animals

Szymon Wrobel

In art and literature, animals appear not only as an allegoric representation but as a reference which troubles the border between humanity and animality. The aim of this book is to challenge traditional ways of confronting animality with humanity and to consider how the Darwinian turn has modified this relationship in postmodern narratives. The subject of animality in culture, ethics, philosophy, art and literature is explored and reevaluated, and a host of questions regarding the conditions of co-existence of humans and animals is asked: Should discourse ethics now include entities that initially seemed mute and were excluded from discussions? Does the modern animal rights movement need a theology, and vice versa, is there a theology that needs animals? Are animals in literature just metaphors of human characters, or do they reveal something more profound, a direction of human desires, or a fantasy of transgressing humanity? This book provides answers and thus gives a new impetus to a so far largely overlooked field.
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Becoming-Animal in Michel de Montaigne. Toward an Animal Community

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Becoming Animal in Michel de Montaigne. Toward an Animal Community

Krzysztof Skonieczny

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It is a recent tendency to read certain pre- and early-modern thinkers as “anticipatory critics” of modernity and the name of Michel de Montaigne often comes up in this context. Yet, most of the critics approach Montaigne from a point of view that treats him like a pre-Rousseau proto-romantic, and while this indeed might be an important part of Montaigne’s thinking, I would like to show that his Essays also allow for a different interpretation which is more interesting from today’s point of view. In my paper I show that 1) Montaigne’s appraisal of Nature is far from a romantic-idyllic one; 2) his understanding of the interspecies division is more subtle than it is often thought; 3) his thought thus interpreted includes an ethics of becoming-animal that is based on a radically anti-Platonic (and thus anti-Cartesian) body-mind economy.

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