Roberto Marchesini is an Italian philosopher and ethologist whose work is significant for the rethinking of animality and human–animal relations. Throughout such important books as Il dio Pan (1988), Il concetto di soglia (1996), Post-human (2002), Intelligenze plurime (2008), Epifania animale (2014), and Etologia filosofica (2016), he offers a scathing critique of reductive, mechanistic models of animal behaviour, as well as a positive contribution to zooanthropological and phenomenological methods for understanding animal life.
Centred on the dynamic and performative field of interactions and relations in the world, his critical and speculative approach to the cognitive life sciences offers a vision of animals as acting subjects and bearers of culture, whose action and agency is also indispensable to human culture. In tracing the ways in which we share our lives and histories with animals in different contexts of interaction, Marchesini’s cutting-edge philosophical ethology also contributes to an overarching philosophical anthropology of the human as the animal that most requires the present and input of other animals. This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.
General Introduction: Philosophical Ethology Introduction: Roberto Marchesini Preface: Zootropia, Kinship, and Alterity in the Work of Roberto Marchesini 1. The Philosophical Ethology of Roberto Marchesini 2. The God Pan 3. Rediscovering the Threshold 4. Animals of the City 5. Postmodern Chimeras 6. The Theriosphere 7. Plural Intelligences 8. Nonhuman Alterities 9. Zoomimesis: Animal Inspiration 10. The Therioanthropic Being as Our Neighbour 11. Posthuman Antispeciesism 12. Philosophical Ethology and Animal Subjectivity 13. Entering Theriomorphic Worlds: An Interview with Roberto Marchesini