By Gary Steiner
Steiner provocatively reviews postmodernist methods to the ethical prestige of animals opposed to the historical past of a broader indictment of postmodern idea and its lack of ability to set up transparent ideas for motion. He revisits the paintings of Derrida, Foucault, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, including fresh paintings by way of their American interpreters, and indicates that the elemental phrases of postmodern concept are incompatible with any definitive claims concerning the ethical prestige or rights of animalsand people. Steiner recognizes the mess ups of liberal humanist notion concerning the ethical prestige of animals; yet rather than following postmodern thinkers who reject humanist suggestion outright, he argues for the necessity to reconsider humanist notions in a fashion that avoids the anthropocentric obstacles of conventional humanist proposal. Drawing at the achievements of the Stoics and Kant, Steiner builds on his prior paintings, constructing his rules of cosmic holism and non-anthropocentric cosmopolitanism with a view to arrive at a extra concrete origin for animal rights.
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Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism (Critical Perspectives on Animals) by Gary Steiner