By Derek Ryan
From caged orangutans to roasted pig, from puppy education to horse phobias, from speaking bees to ruminating cows, Derek Ryan explores how animals are encountered in theoretical discourse. throughout 4 thematically organised chapters on 'Animals as Humans', 'Animal Ontology', 'Animal existence' and 'Animal Ethics' he deals prolonged discussions of Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Deleuze, Singer, Nussbaum, Adams and Haraway between others, in addition to vigorous readings of up to date literary texts via Carter, Coetzee, Auster and Foer. meant as a source for researchers, scholars, academics and all these attracted to human-animal relationships, Animal thought: A serious Introduction presents an available and authoritative account of the demanding situations and strength in wondering and with animals.
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It is very likely that some of them – the bees, the ants, the termites – struggled for thousands of centuries until they evolved the state institutions, the distribution of functions, the restrictions on individuals, for which we admire them today. It is characteristic of our present condition that we feel we should not be happy in any of these animal states or the roles assigned in them to individuals. . There are many questions to be asked, and as yet no answers. (76) In this passage Freud appears to align animals in their present state to a fixed nature (as opposed to humans who have a still developing culture).
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In revealing similarities across categorical divides and lighting up structural parallels between material forms in ‘nature’ and those in ‘culture,’ anthropomorphism can reveal isomorphisms. (2010: 99) Carefully approached, anthropomorphism can provide a useful mode of conceptualising multiple agencies that are not human, and in the process can ‘counter the narcissism of humans in charge of the world’ (xvi). Viewed in this way anthropomorphism is not only set against anthropocentrism, but also begins to call into question the very term itself.
Animal Theory: A Critical Introduction by Derek Ryan