Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Autonomous AnimalSelf-Governance and the Modern Subject$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Claire E. Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669561

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669561.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Man Is a Political Animal

Man Is a Political Animal

Self-Discipline and its Beastly Other

Chapter:
(p.97) 4 Man Is a Political Animal
Source:
The Autonomous Animal
Author(s):

Claire E. Rasmussen

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669561.003.0004

This chapter examines the creative potential of autonomy by exploring ways that the impulse for self-governance can produce new forms of subjectivity and ethical challenges to the power relationships that shape the present. The self-critical impulse encouraged by the discourse of autonomy can have effects that challenge as well as enforce existing relationships of power. Critique may reveal the contingency of current relationships and thus open up the possibility of choosing to act differently. Animal rights provide one opportunity for this analysis as the distinction between human and animal has been one of the most important means of measuring the autonomy of human subjects. However, animal rights may challenge human sovereignty only if it challenges the assumption that human and animal are so easily distinguished.

Keywords:   self-governance, creative potential of autonomy, animal rights, human subjects, human sovereignty, power relationships, ethical challenges

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.