Animal Being Means Desiring: Subjectivity, Singularity, Diversity in Post-Human Life

  • Roberto MarchesiniEmail author
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume CXXI)


This paper will demonstrate that desire is the most immediate expression of subjectivity, which transcends need and somehow gives it meaning—I live because I desire, I live by expressing desires that overwhelm me and shape my existence. All of an animal’s endowments only serve to express desires. Desire colors the world: it fills the eyes of a child with wonder; it supports the chaotic games of a puppy; it gives meaning to the events of the world. If desire disappears, life falls into a vegetative atemporality. If desire decreases, life fades.


Subjectivity Desire Animality Post-humanism Animal-being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Study for Post-human PhilosophyBolognaItaly

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