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Zoographies The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida by Matthew Calarco

Zoographies The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida


Zoographies The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida by Matthew Calarco

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.


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

About the Author

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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Publication date

6th June 2008


Matthew Calarco

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Columbia University Press


184 pages


History of Western philosophy



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