The Open: Man and Animal

By Giorgio Agamben

The finish of human historical past is an occasion that has been foreseen or introduced via either messianics and dialecticians. yet who's the protagonist of that historical past that's coming—or has come—to a detailed? what's guy? How did he come at the scene? and the way has he maintained his privileged position because the grasp of, or first between, the animals?

In The Open, modern Italian thinker Giorgio Agamben considers the ways that the "human" has been considered both a different and more desirable kind of animal, or a type of being that's primarily diverse from animal altogether. In an issue that levels from historical Greek, Christian, and Jewish texts to twentieth-century thinkers corresponding to Heidegger, Benjamin, and Kojève, Agamben examines the ways that the excellence among guy and animal has been synthetic via the logical presuppositions of Western idea, and he investigates the profound implications that the man/animal contrast has had for disciplines as probably disparate as philosophy, legislation, anthropology, medication, and politics.

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