John Ó Maoilearca/ Undine Sellbach/ Lynn Turner
Humans have always co-existed with other animals, using them as tools, resources, and, more recently, companions. More abstractly, non-human animals help us to understand ourselves; they are ‘good to think with’ (Claude Lévi-Strauss). What roles do non-human animals play in our understanding of issues as wide as ethics, art, friendship, and technology? And what does it mean for understanding ourselves if we seriously acknowledge our relationships with other animals? Marking the publication of The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies, we consider the relevance ofnon-human animals to a wide range of contemporary concerns.
John Ó Maoilearca
Professor of Film, Kingston University
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Dundee
Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London
Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy
Recorded on 15 May 2018 at the LSE