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Donna J. Haraway

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650477

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650477.001.0001

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The Companion Species Manifesto

The Companion Species Manifesto

Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (p.92)

(p.91) The Companion Species Manifesto
Manifestly Haraway

Donna J. Haraway

University of Minnesota Press

Led by dogs—and especially by an athletic herding dog named Cayenne, whom Haraway calls the dog of her heart—“The Companion Species Manifesto” insists that cyborgs are only one member of a much more bumptious litter of worldly critters with whom pasts, presents, and futures are at stake. Beginning with an (in)famous kiss between dog and woman, Cayenne and Donna are engaged in forbidden conversation, “training each other in acts of communication [they] barely understand.” Never innocent, always off category, and relentlessly full of what might still be possible for those who become-with each other, love is a core theme of this manifesto. Topics range from Whiteheadian process philosophy and biology, through tales of breed and species, to evolutionary speculative facts and fabulations, to dog-training doctrines in the sport of agility, to the fraught and edgy practices of international canine rescue and adoption.

Keywords:   communication, interspecies, companion species, Alfred Whitehead, process philosophy and biology, dog breeding and training, evolution, canine rescue and adoption

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