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Philosophy, Animality and the Life Sciences$
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Wahida Khandker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676774

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676774.001.0001

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Violence, Pathos and Animal Life in European Philosophy and Critical Animal Studies

Violence, Pathos and Animal Life in European Philosophy and Critical Animal Studies

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(p.57) 3. Violence, Pathos and Animal Life in European Philosophy and Critical Animal Studies
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Philosophy, Animality and the Life Sciences
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Wahida Khandker

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676774.003.0004

This chapter discusses conceptions of bio-power and biopolitics as a way of thinking about the shifting relation between life and death in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, through the thought of Foucault and other twentieth-century Continental contributions (including Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze) to the debate over the treatment of non-human animals, including their use in scientific research. The chapter argues that the ascription of pathological status to certain forms of life (over different periods of history) reinforces, along ever-renewing lines, the hierarchy of human interests over that of other animals.

Keywords:   pathos, death, bio-power, biopolitics, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault

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