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The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language

Louise Westling


This book is an interdisciplinary work in environmental humanities that puts Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy into dialogue with evolutionary biology, animal studies, and literature, arguing for evolutionary continuity between human cultural and linguistic behaviors and the semiotic activities of other animals. It departs from most philosophic and critical animal studies which retain the traditional view of human exceptionalism. Differing from other studies of Merleau-Ponty’s work, this book emphasizes his lifelong attention to science, showing how his examination of evolutionary biology, em ... More

Keywords: environmental humanities, animal studies, biological continuity, animals and language, animals in literature, animality, embodiment, Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology, biosemiotics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823255658
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise Westling, author
University of Oregon

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