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ANIMALS ARE GOOD PEOPLE TOO
ANIMALS ARE GOOD PEOPLE TOO

Author(s): Jan Hartman
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: animals; humanity; animality; stupidity of animals; interplay; interdependency; being human

Summary/Abstract: The idea of my article is to challenge traditional ways of confronting animality with humanity. Either in order to define human superiority over animals and construct “man” as an “animal and something much more,” or in order to launch the idea of an animal as being less stupid than it has always been supposed to be, the comparison between humans and animals is concentrated on suppressing animality (in humans as superiors as well as in animals—as wrongly conceived to be “stupid”) and affirming humanity. This is a dialectic interplay of two related concepts of “man” and “beast” petrifying a false vision of common fate of people and animals. This kind of false consciousness makes animals and people badly interdependent. I claim that this mental figure should be overcome by applying the very category of “being human” to so (far) called “animals.”

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 9-13
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English