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A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans : with A Theory of Meaning - Jakob von Uexkull

A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans

with A Theory of Meaning

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Published: 1st November 2010
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Is the tick a machine or a machine operator? Is it a mere object or a subject? With these questions, the pioneering biophilosopher Jakob von Uexkull embarks on a remarkable exploration of the unique social and physical environments that individual animal species, as well as individuals within species, build and inhabit. This concept of the umwelt has become enormously important within posthumanist philosophy, influencing such figures as Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Guattari, and, most recently, Giorgio Agamben, who has called Uexkull "a high point of modern antihumanism."
A key document in the genealogy of posthumanist thought, "A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans" advances Uexkull's revolutionary belief that nonhuman perceptions must be accounted for in any biology worth its name; it also contains his arguments against natural selection as an adequate explanation for the present orientation of a species' morphology and behavior. "A Theory of Meaning" extends his thinking on the "umwelt," while also identifying an overarching and perceptible unity in nature. Those coming to Uexkull's work for the first time will find that his concept of the "umwelt" holds out new possibilities for the terms of animality, life, and the whole framework of biopolitics itself.

Introduction: Umwelt after Uexküllp. 1
Translator's Introductionp. 35
A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans
Forewordp. 41
Introductionp. 44
Environment Spacesp. 53
The Farthest Planep. 63
Perception Timep. 70
Simple Environmentsp. 73
Form and Movement as Perception Marksp. 79
Goal and Planp. 86
Perception Image and Effect Imagep. 92
The Familiar Pathp. 98
Home and Territoryp. 102
The Companionp. 108
Search Image and Search Tonep. 113
Magical Environmentsp. 119
The Same Subject as Object in Different Environmentsp. 126
Conclusionp. 133
A Theory Of Meaning
Carriers of Meaningp. 139
Environment and Dwelling-shellp. 146
Utilization of Meaningp. 150
The Interpretation of the Spider's Webp. 157
Form Development Rule and Meaning Rulep. 161
The Meaning Rule as the Bridging of Two Elementary Rulesp. 168
The Composition Theory of Naturep. 171
The Sufferance of Meaningp. 182
The Technique of Naturep. 185
Counterpoint as a Motif/Motive of Form Developmentp. 190
Progressp. 195
Summary and Conclusionp. 200
Afterword: Bubbles and Webs: A Backdoor Stroll through the Readings of Uexküllp. 209
Notesp. 244
Indexp. 258
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ISBN: 9780816659005
ISBN-10: 0816659001
Series: PostHumanities (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: UNIV OF MINNESOTA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.35