The More-Than-Human-Body

di Krzysztof Forkasiewicz Throughout most of Western thinking, the body has been reduced to a thing, an object in the world like any other. Only recently was it recast as something far more: the root and expression of subjectivity. The first to push the conversation in this direction were maverick thinkers like James, Dewey and Nietzsche. Then, … Continua a leggere

Man As THE Animal

by Slavoj Žižek An Italian version of this paper was published in Animal Studies: rivista italiana di antispecismo 1: 2012 Although the title of Jacques Derrida’s The Animal That Therefore I Am[1] was intended as an ironic stab at Descartes, one should perhaps take it with a more literal naivety – the Cartesian cogito is … Continua a leggere

Critical Theory and Animal Liberation. A Review.

by Marco Maurizi John Sanbonmatsu (ed.), Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, Rowman & Littlefield, Plymouth: UK, 2011. The growing field of animal studies has become an important part of the academic activity all around the world. The times when writing about animal suffering could be labeled as a sort of “crankiness” (Adorno) are gone. Yet, … Continua a leggere

Animal Liberation and Critical Theory. Interview with John Sanbonmatsu

by Marco Maurizi You are editor of  Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, a book that marks an interesting novelty in the field of animal studies. Can you explain what are the limits of the thought of Singer and Regan?   As much as I respect and admire the important contributions of both Singer and Regan, … Continua a leggere

Sustainability and antispeciecism: the missing link in the critic of growth

by Arianna Ferrari (KIT/ITAS Karlsruhe, Germany) Paper held at the 3rd International Conference on Degrowth, Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity (Sept.20th 2012) Reducing animal products for health and environmentIn the current debate on sustainable production and consumption, in particular as regards food politics, the issue of animal products has become increasingly pressing. It is garnering … Continua a leggere

On the Genesis of Speciesism. Towards a Political Approach to the Man-Animal Relationship

by Marco Maurizi The ambiguity of Speciesism After the publication of Peter Singer’s most famous book – Animal Liberation – the word ‘speciesism’ has become largely acknowledged in the Animal Rights Movement. Even if many animal rights activists never read Animal Liberation, certain general assumptions derived from this book have indeed become the lingua franca … Continua a leggere

One step beyond Animal Liberation. An interview with Assoziation Dämmerung

by Marco Maurizi 1. Last summer, Tierrechtsaktion-Nord has changed its name in Assoziation Daemmerung. In your “manifesto” you say you made a step “outside” the animal liberation movement “without breaking with it”. Can you give us a picture of the animal liberation movement in Germany and tell us why did you make such a step? … Continua a leggere