Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism

Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism

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Hardcover, Columbia Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780231153423, ISBN10 0231153422
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Hardcover, Columbia Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780231153423, ISBN10 0231153422

In "Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism," Gary Steiner illuminates postmodernism's inability to produce viable ethical and political principles. Ethics requires notions of self, agency, and value that are not available to postmodernists. Thus, much of what is published under the rubric of postmodernist theory lacks a proper basis for a systematic engagement with ethics.

Steiner demonstrates this through a provocative critique of postmodernist approaches to the moral status of animals, set against the background of a broader indictment of postmodernism's failure to establish clear principles for action. He revisits the ideas of Derrida, Foucault, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, together with recent work by their American interpreters, and shows that the basic terms of postmodern thought are incompatible with definitive claims about the moral status of animals -- as well as humans. Steiner also identifies the failures of liberal humanist thought in regards to this same moral dilemma, and he encourages a rethinking of humanist ideas in a way that avoids the anthropocentric limitations of traditional humanist thought. Drawing on the achievements of the Stoics and Kant, he builds on his earlier ideas of cosmic holism and non-anthropocentric cosmopolitanism to arrive at a more concrete foundation for animal rights.

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Number of Pages: 292
Original Languages: English
Author: Steiner, Gary
Series Title: Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science, and Law
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
Publication Date: April, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780231153423
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.50 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 0231153422
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