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    Paperback Writer RevForum Administrator Amoeba's Avatar
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    Some cutting edge stuff going on in some parts of the academy:

    "The view that nonhuman animals cannot be political actors because they cannot speak is common in both philosophical tradition and political practice. This view seems to be false in two respects. It refers to a flawed conception of political agency and, second, it ignores the fact that animals clearly do communicate, with each other and with humans. Seeing animals as mute does not simply reflect a misunderstanding of their capacities: it is interconnected with the way humans have defined language and politics and has led to rendering animals silent as a political group.

    The aim of this PhD project is to develop a theory of ‘political animal voice’. Meijer will do this by developing and integrating accounts of a) political animal agency, b) animal languages and human-animal communication, and c) (new) political institutions. In developing these accounts, the project integrates insights from political philosophy (including poststructuralist and posthumanist analyses of power and language), philosophy of language, phenomenology, and different fields of animal studies, such as animal ethics, ethology and animal geography. Although the main goal is to provide a philosophical theory of political animal voice, the project also aims to conceptualize political animal voice on a practical-political level, both in addressing the entanglement of politics and language in relation to animals, and in developing a method of thinking with animals."
    To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them.

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    Michelet spoke of "the animal estate" - I think if was the 4th or 5th.
    Einstein on marxology:
    "In the realm of the seekers after truth there is no human authority.
    Whoever attempts to play the magistrate there founders on the laughter of the Gods."

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