Humanity and Animality in 20th & 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories. An Interdisciplinary Conference
Sep 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Sep 16, 2014 7:00:00 PM
conference takes up an important debate in a field of growing importance in the
humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and
eco-criticism have surged in recent years.The definition of mankind seems
necessarily to pass through an understanding of what constitutes the animal.
Philosophically, what distinguishes, or indeed brings together humanity and
animality has been the subject of debate from Aristotle’s understanding of man
as ‘zôon logon echon’ and from Kant’s view of man’s treatment
of animals as an insight into the true nature of humankind,
Derrida’s seminars on ‘the beast and the sovereign’, up to Agamben’s recent
theory of ‘bare life’ as the breakdown of the barrier between man and animal.
Sep 30, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Sep 30, 2014 11:59:00 AM
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