This Side of the Fence: Some Remarks on the Animal Liberation of the Anthropos

An essay of mine was published a while back in the journal “Societies.” As naughty as ever, it brings much of my earlier writing together.

Direct download link: http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/5/2/314/pdf

Abstract:

Informed by body-phenomenology, pragmatism, and critical theory, this aphoristic essay comprises a consideration of some of the more dire consequences of human Empire-building among anthropic animals. The notion of human teleology, active beneath social class, gender, and other anthropic qualifiers, is theorized as a dead end, an abstraction translated into real power and propped up at the cost of actual bodyselves—fully corporeal living individuals—and attentiveness to their needs. In this context, animal liberation, usually referring to ending the domination of other animals at anthropic hands, is posited as pertinent to anthropic animality, especially under late modernity’s “desomatizing regime”. Animal liberation, it is held, speaks to each and every one of us, though in ways depending on the specificity of our lived situations, and unmasks the ultimate absurdity of attempts to overcome our animal condition, attempts historically coalescing precisely in human Empire.

Keywords: Empire; bodyself; animal liberation; lifeworld; human; anthropos; sensuousness

Painting: Thomas Cole/The Destruction of Empirecole_thomas_the_course_of_empire_destruction_1836

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