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The Mark of Beast: Animality and Human Oppression

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Book News Annotation:

This is a study of "animalization," which links the theoretical establishment of human superiority over animals to processes of dehumanization and brutalization. Beginning with Descartes, the author explores the reasoning that has been deployed to draw distinctions between humans and animals and then extend such distinctions to the rendering non-human of humans. He then looks at the practice of animalization in slavery and during the European Holocaust. Finally, he discusses how older theories, modes, and acts of animalization live on in contemporary modes of discrimination, racism, and sexism, even if by more sophisticated and subtle means. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"The Mark of the Beast" historically and critically examines the dire affects of the process of animalization on both humans and animals. Roberts provides a general account of the theoretical division between humans and animals begun largely in the work of Aristotle and continued in that of Descartes and Kant. Following the philosophical provenance of the idea of ???animality, ??? Roberts explores the practical and "scientific" uses of this idea, focusing largely on what Stephen J. Gould terms the "biodeterministic tradition" by evaluating the primarily ninteenth century theories of atavism, craniology, recapitulation, and so on, while also exploring the use of medical and psychological techniques of animalization

About the Author

Mark S. Roberts is a member of the Department of Philosophy at Suffolk County Community College in New York. He has written numerous works in areas of contemporary French thought, psychology, aesthetics, philosophy of medicine, and media studies.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557534743
Author:
Roberts, Mark S.
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Author:
Roberts, Mark
Subject:
Crimes against humanity
Subject:
Animals (Philosophy)
Subject:
Movements - Humanism
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
217
Dimensions:
9.23x6.08x.60 in. .83 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "The Mark of the Beast" historically and critically examines the dire affects of the process of animalization on both humans and animals. Roberts provides a general account of the theoretical division between humans and animals begun largely in the work of Aristotle and continued in that of Descartes and Kant. Following the philosophical provenance of the idea of ???animality, ??? Roberts explores the practical and "scientific" uses of this idea, focusing largely on what Stephen J. Gould terms the "biodeterministic tradition" by evaluating the primarily ninteenth century theories of atavism, craniology, recapitulation, and so on, while also exploring the use of medical and psychological techniques of animalization
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