Philosophy of The Insect - Drouin. Jean-Marc

Philosophy of The Insect

Drouin. Jean-Marc

Yayınevi: Columbia University Press

Yayın tarihi: 10/2019

ISBN: 9780231175791

Çevirmen : Anne Trager

İngilizce | 240 Sayfa | 14,00 x 21,80 x 1,60 cm.

Tür: Genel Felsefe

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A Philosophy of the Insect offers a meditation on insects' status in nature. With a writing style rich with mythological, literary, and entomological references, the author demonstrates how these tiny beings, champions of animal diversity and prosperity, play a large role in the natural balance. (Colette Bitsch, Paul Sabatier University)

With an erudition as vast as the world of insects, Jean-Marc Drouin explores the numberless ways in which scholars and commentators have reflected on our interactions with these wonderful and often bothersome animals. Because of the easy anthropomorphizing of their sociopolitical ways, bees and ants often take center stage, but it is the whole insect world that inspires Drouin’s intense and often surprising meditations. (Pietro Corsi, author of The Age of Lamarck: Evolutionary Theories in France, 1790–1830)

A Philosophy of the Insect is a work of profound insight into humanity's encounter with the insect world. Analyzing a long history of human fascination and repulsion with creatures remote from us in size and structure, it invites us to reflect on the ethics of our relations with the wider animal world and even our own status as social beings. Elegantly and persuasively, it breaks fascinating new ground at the interface between history and the pressing ecological concerns of today. (Robert Fox, University of Oxford)

As erudite as it is philosophically stimulating, Drouin's incredible book takes us through the world of insects. A Philosophy of the Insect is replete with innumerable surprises: imagining giant fleas taking part in high jump tournaments, analyzing the perfect geometry of bee cells, and studying the terrible wars of ants. Drouin's insects are both fascinating and repulsive: a real-life version of how science-fiction aliens might look. (Thierry Hoquet, Université Paris Nanterre)

A Philosophy of the Insect is, among other things, an excellent, indispensable, and urgently needed tool for assessing the ethics of an insect-based diet. It is an insightful synthesis of multifaceted constructions of insects in the life sciences (particularly, in entomology), literature, philosophy, and political thought. As such, the book carries forth, with an inviting style and in an innovative manner, the current decentering of the human with reference to other forms of life, often drastically different from us. (Michael Marder, author of Political Categories: Thinking Beyond Concepts)

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