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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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Aped, Mongrelised and Scapegoated:

Aped, Mongrelised and Scapegoated:

Adventures in Biopolitics and Transgenics in Haraway’s Animal Worlds

(p.120) 6. Aped, Mongrelised and Scapegoated
Philosophy, Animality and the Life Sciences

Wahida Khandker

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter returns to and takes further the analysis of Haraway's thought, based on the writings of Whitehead. Whitehead's professed interest in pre-Kantian philosophies (that is, philosophies not grounded on a unity of subjectivity) for the alternative articulation of terms such as ‘relation’, ‘permanence’ and ‘change’, is echoed in Haraway's resistance to describing the relations between animals and humans, or animals and other animals, in terms of subject/object dichotomies. Instead, she proposes to rethink the lab-animal-human relation in other terms, such as labour, shared suffering (or ‘nonmimetic suffering’), or simply in view of the problematisations of human and animal subjectivity that arise in the creation of transgenic organisms bred primarily as tools for scientific research. The chapter looks at the senses in which Haraway's thought, across key works, including Primate Visions and When Species Meet, creates a conjunction of Foucauldian biopolitics, Derrida's critique of the failure to think animals as individuals, and Whitehead's philosophy of organism.

Keywords:   animal, transgenic, nonmimetic, Donna Haraway

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