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Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art

Ron Broglio


What is it like to be an animal? This book aims to find out from the inside, from underneath the fur and feathers. In examining this question, it bypasses the perspectives of biology or natural history to explore how one can construct an animal phenomenology, to think and feel as an animal other—or any other. Until now phenomenology has grappled with how humans are embedded in their world. According to philosophical tradition, animals do not practice the self-reflexive thought that provides humans with depth of being. Without human interiority, philosophers have believed, animals live on the s ... More

Keywords: animals, animal phenomenology, human interiority, Damien Hirst, Carolee Schneemann, Olly and Suzi, Marcus Coates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816672967
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ron Broglio, author
Assistant Professor, English, Arizona State University

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