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The Open : Man and Animal

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The end of human history is an event that has been foreseen or announced by both messianics and dialecticians. But who is the protagonist of that history that is coming-or has come-to a close? What is man? How did he come on the scene? And how has he maintained his privileged place as the master of, or first among, the animals? In The Open, contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben considers the ways in which the "human" has been thought of as either a distinct and superior type of animal, or a kind of being that is essentially different from animal altogether. In an argument that ranges from ancient Greek, Christian, and Jewish texts to twentieth-century thinkers such as Heidegger, Benjamin, and Kojeve, Agamben examines the ways in which the distinction between man and animal has been manufactured by the logical presuppositions of Western thought, and he investigates the profound implications that the man/animal distinction has had for disciplines as seemingly disparate as philosophy, law, anthropology, medicine, and politics.show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 10mm | 181.44g
  • Stanford University Press
  • Palo Alto, United States
  • English
  • 0804747385
  • 9780804747387
  • 73,482

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The end of human history is an event that has been foreseen or announced by both messianics and dialecticians. But who is the protagonist of that history that is coming--or has come--to a close? What is man? How did he come on the scene? And how has he maintained his privileged place as the master of, or first among, the animals? In The Open, contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben considers the ways in which the "human" has been thought of as either a distinct and superior type of animal, or a kind of being that is essentially different from animal altogether. In an argument that ranges from ancient Greek, Christian, and Jewish texts to twentieth-century thinkers such as Heidegger, Benjamin, and Kojeve, Agamben examines the ways in which the distinction between man and animal has been manufactured by the logical presuppositions of Western thought, and he investigates the profound implications that the man/animal distinction has had for disciplines as seemingly disparate as philosophy, law, anthropology, medicine, and politics.show more

About Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Venice. This is the fifth of his books published by Stanford; previous titles are Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (1998), The Man Without Content (1999), The End of the Poem (1999), and Potentialities (1999).show more

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"[The Open] turns to perhaps the most basic distinction of existence: that between human beings and animals. The thin volume provides an impressive historical survey of the problem, offering a dizzying scope of debate over the nature of animality, including expositions of figures as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Georges Bataille, Heidegger, Alexander Kojeve, Benjamin, and the German zoologist Jakob von Uexkull." -- Radical Philosophy Reviewshow more

Table of contents

@fmct:Contents @toc4:Translator's Noteiii @toc2:1Theromorphous00 2Acephalous00 3Snob00 4Mysterium disiunctionis00 5Physiology of the Blessed00 6Cognitio experimentalis00 7Taxonomies00 8Without Rank00 9Anthropological Machine00 10Umwelt00 11Tick00 12Poverty in World00 13The Open00 14Profound Boredom00 15World and Earth00 16Animalization00 17Anthropogenesis00 18Between00 19Desuvrement000 20Outside of Being000 @toc4:Notes000 Index000 Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Philosophical anthropology, Human beings Animal natureshow more

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