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Emanuele Coccia

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267415

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267415.001.0001

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Man and Animal

Man and Animal

(p.3) 2 Man and Animal
Sensible Life

Emanuele Coccia

, Scott Alan Stuart
Fordham University Press

This chapter explains how the sensible defines the forms, the realities, and the limits of animal life. It suggests that sensible life is not exclusively a human trait, that sensation has always been considered to be the faculty through which “living things, in addition to possessing life, become animals.” Through the senses, we live in manner indifferent to our specific difference as humans, as rational animals. Sensations give form and reality to that which, in our life, is not specifically human. Sensible life allows animal life in all its forms to relate to images—that is, all forms of the sensible world, whether they be visual, smelling, or auditory. This chapter also discusses the science of the sensible and compares it to an anthropology of the sensible.

Keywords:   animal life, sensible life, living things, animals, humans, sensation, life

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