Thursday, June 24, 2010

Deleuze on dogs (hates 'em) and bugs (loves 'em)

From today's Slog:

The Slog then links to this piece by Charles Stivale that discusses Deleuze's dislike of domestic animals and his unique fascination with ticks, spiders and fleas. Because it is a somewhat rare occasion when a mainstream blog quotes Deleuze, we thought we would take the opportunity to mention a forthcoming title in UMP's Posthumanities Series that picks up on this philosophical conversation about bugs: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans by Jakob von Uexküll.

Uexküll is a widely published biophilosopher who is as yet little known in English, yet whose work has influenced Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Guattari, and, most recently, Giorgio Agamben. This new translation is an important document in posthumanist studies that discusses how every species mistakes its own perceived world for the ecology as a whole (yes, dogs and bugs alike).

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