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Over the Human

Post-humanism and the Concept of Animal Epiphany


Part of the Numanities - Arts and Humanities in Progress book series (NAHP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Roberto Marchesini
    Pages 1-22
  3. Roberto Marchesini
    Pages 23-45
  4. Roberto Marchesini
    Pages 47-69
  5. Roberto Marchesini
    Pages 71-91
  6. Roberto Marchesini
    Pages 93-113
  7. Roberto Marchesini
    Pages 115-135
  8. Roberto Marchesini
    Pages 137-146
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 147-160

About this book


This book presents a new way to understand human–animal interactions. Offering a profound discussion of topics such as human identity, our relationship with animals and the environment, and our culture, the author channels the vibrant Italian traditions of humanism, materialism, and speculative philosophy.

The research presents a dialogue between the humanities and the natural sciences. It challenges the separation and oppression of animals with a post-humanism steeped in the traditions of the Italian Renaissance.

Readers discover a vision of the human as a species informed by an intertwining with animals. The human being is not constructed by an onto-poetic process, but rather by close relati
ons with otherness. The human system is increasingly unstable and, therefore, more hybrid.

The argument it presents interests scholars, thinkers, and researchers. It also appeals to anyone who wants to delve into the deep animal–human bond and its philosophical, cultural, political instances.

The author is a veterinarian, ethologist, and philosopher. He uses cognitive science, zooanthropology, and philosophy to engage in a series of empirical, theoretical, and practice-based engagements with animal life. In the process, he argues that animals are key to human identity and culture at all levels.


Animal Studies Anthrozoology Bioethics Cognitive Ethology Continental philosophy Critical Animal Studies Cultural Theory Darwinism Environmental Humanities Evolutionism Human – Animal Relationship Materialism Ontology Philosophical Ethology Post-human Philosophy Zooanthropology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Study Centre of Posthuman PhilosophyBolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Over the Human
  • Book Subtitle Post-humanism and the Concept of Animal Epiphany
  • Authors Roberto Marchesini
  • Series Title Numanities - Arts and Humanities in Progress
  • Series Abbreviated Title Numanities - Arts and Humanities in Progress
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62580-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87346-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62581-2
  • Series ISSN 2510-442X
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-4438
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 160
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Philosophy of Nature
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