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    Embracing Uncertainty: Primo Levi's Politics of the Human.Stefano Bellin - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):54-75.
    This article analyses the concept of the human in Primo Levi's works, as well as his use of the animal as way of characterizing the nonhuman element inside the human. To disclose the implicit assumptions and far-reaching implications of Levi's thought, the article reads his writings through the lens of Roberto Esposito's work on the category of the person and the philosophy of the impersonal. The article is divided into three parts: the first gives an overview of Esposito work on (...)
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    Introduction.Stefano Bellin, Kevin Inston & Florian Mussgnug - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):1-5.
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    Deadly Mirrors: Animal Death in Tommaso Landolfi and Stefano D'Arrigo.Damiano Benvegnù - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):76-90.
    From Hegel to Heidegger and Agamben, modern Western philosophy has been haunted by how to think the connections between death, humanness and animality. This article explores how these connections have been represented by Italian writers Tommaso Landolfi and Stefano D'Arrigo. Specifically, it investigates how the death of a nonhuman animal is portrayed in two works: ‘Mani’, a short story by Landolfi collected in his first book Il dialogo dei massimi sistemi, and D'Arrigo's massive novel Horcynus Orca. Both ‘Mani’ and Horcynus (...)
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    Bestiality, Zoophilia and Human–Animal Sexual Interactions.Joanna Bourke - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):91-115.
    From the earliest human cultures, nonhuman animals have been central to the sexual imaginary of humans. This article traces the modern history of bestiality from the nineteenth century, culminating in ‘zoo’ communities today. It explores the changing ideas about the ‘wrongness’ of such acts. It asks: what do human–animal sexual relations tell us about gender, sexuality, violence, psychiatry and concepts of consent? What are the possibilities for humans and nonhuman animals becoming true ‘companion species’?
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    The Many Worlds of Jean-Luc Nancy.Martin Crowley - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):22-36.
    This article explores what the work of Jean-Luc Nancy might offer to an ecological and ontological pluralism, by considering Nancy's treatment of the relation between the worlds inhabited by beings of all sorts. Situating Nancy's work in this area in relation to its key reference point, namely Heidegger's assertion a of pre-eminently human access to ‘world’ in The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics, and through this, to the work of Jakob von Uexküll, the article traces both Nancy's rejection of Heidegger's persistent (...)
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    The Human–Animal Relation in Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality.Kevin Inston - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):37-53.
    The Discourse on Inequality disputes the human–animal hierarchy in its denunciation of social inequality as unnatural. Stripping away social artifice, it reveals a deep physical continuity between man and animals. As embodied creatures, they share mortality and vulnerability. Human animality does not, however, negate human difference. Man differs from animals through perfectibility: the freedom to change. That difference comes from the lack of any specifically human property, thereby challenging rather than confirming anthropocentric hierarchies. Any properties seen to distinguish man from (...)
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  7. The Nonhuman Demand.Ian James - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):6-21.
    This article seeks to address the question of humanity and animality through an elaboration of what will be called here the ‘nonhuman demand’. It aims to problematize the category of the ‘posthuman’ through a critical reading of Rosi Braidotti's 2013 book which bears that name. It is argued that the question of humanity and animality can only be adequately addressed in the context of a nonhuman demand that is made upon thought and to which thought must respond. Rather than an (...)
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    Species at War? The Animal and the Anthropocene.Florian Mussgnug - 2019 - Paragraph 42 (1):116-130.
    Environmental politics has become inextricably entwined with planetary deep time. This article calls for a reconceptualization of the relation between humans and nonhuman nature. It rejects the ontological singularity of the human, either as a biological species or as a planetary super-agent and argues for a perspective centred on companionship and shared vulnerability. Animal philosophy serves here to counter a growing tendency to generalize and address the human species at large, in the singular. The cultural force of the animal, it (...)
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