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date: 26 June 2022

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This chapter surveys the constellation of recent contributions to animal studies from Continental European quarters of philosophy and theory. The first section treats existentialist and phenomenological approaches (e.g., Levinas’ account of face-to-face encounter, Hart’s emphasis on relationships and community, and Acampora’s notion of symphysis or somatic sympathy), the second treats poststructural hermeneutic and deconstructive ones (e.g., Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizomatic account of becoming and Derrida’s treatment of theoretical animality and an actual animal), and the final section relates these perspectives to Anglophonic analyses of animal studies/ethics (including normative ethics, moral psychology, and metaethics) and interprets the posthumanist upshot of Continental reflections thereon (which takes us well and truly beyond anthropocentrism).

Keywords: animal studies, Continental European, existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, deconstruction, animal ethics, moral psychology, posthumanism

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