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The Philosophical Ethology of Roberto Marchesini

Edited By Jeffrey Bussolini, Brett Buchanan, Matthew Chrulew Copyright 2018
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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


    Jeffrey Bussolini is Associate Professor of Sociology-Anthropology at City University of New York, USA.

    Brett Buchanan is Director of the School of the Environment, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada.

    Matthew Chrulew is ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University, Australia.