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The rhetoric and prose of the human/animal contrast
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2015 (English)In: Language & Communication, ISSN 0271-5309, E-ISSN 1873-3395, Vol. 42, 36-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The opposition in philosophy between humans as thinkers and animals as non-thinkers is often considered to stem from anthropocentrism. In this paper I try to demonstrate that philosophers don't really place "us" at the centre, but rather their own thinking and the philosophical language they develop as thinkers. The human/animal contrast functions rhetorically to communicate that philosophical self-centredness to an audience that recognises itself as "human." I try to dismantle the contrast between humans and animals by exposing what I see as its true core: forgetfulness of how philosophical language (and thinking in that language) is generated by idealisation and sublimation of the reflexive uses of language.

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2015. Vol. 42, 36-49 p.
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Rationality, Reflexivity, Philosophy, Humans, Animals
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253240DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2015.03.001ISI: 000353855700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253240DiVA: diva2:822717
Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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