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Surface EncountersThinking with Animals and Art$
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Ron Broglio

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672967

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672967.001.0001

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Meat Matters

Meat Matters

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Surface Encounters

Ron Broglio

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how human values of depth and interior reflection are used to minimize the animal and their world. It emphasizes the lifting of the animal surface to a level of semiotic meaning within human culture. It looks into the works of Damien Hirst who grapples with the transformation of life to death and opaque to knowable as animals become meat. It considers meat as a metaphysical moment when the animal is killed for raw material. It discusses the notion of Francis Bacon who claims that knowledge in cutting open animals helps restore humans to an Edenic world. It also explores George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s philosophy that the material world is subsumed by consciousness into full knowledge and intelligibility through dialectic tension.

Keywords:   interior reflection, Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon, George Wilhelm Friedrich, dialectic tension, physical consumption, Edenic world, animal surface

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