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Onto-Ethologies: The Animal Environments of Uexkill, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze (SUNY Series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics) Hardcover – November 1, 2008


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  • Series: SUNY Series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791476111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791476116
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,402,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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German biologist Jakob von Uexküll focused on how an animal, through its behavioral relations, both impacts and is impacted by its own unique environment. Onto-Ethologies traces the influence of Uexküll's ideas on the thought of Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Gilles Deleuze, as they explore how animal behavior might be said to approximate, but also differ from, human behavior. It is the relation between animal and environment that interests Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze, and yet it is the differences in their approach to Uexküll (and to concepts such as world, body, and affect) that prove so fascinating. This book explores the ramifications of these encounters, including how animal life both broadens and deepens the ontological significance of their respective philosophies.

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Brett Buchanan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Laurentian University.

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Brett Buchanon:"Onto-Ethologies"
A revue by
Carl Christian Glosemeyer Andersen
PhD, UiO, Norway.
Lecturer at Nansenskolen -The Humanistic Academy of Norway.

Brett Buchanan has written a brilliant philosophical review of Jacob von Uexküll's concept 'Umwelt' and its development in The history of Ideas and how it has been useed by some of the most important European philosophers in the last century.
'Umwelt' is Uexküll's ethological term for an animal species' 'subjective experience of the world' and how this 'inner, animal world' is developed through the individual species-specific senses and sensory qualities.
The concept of 'Umwelt' has been inspiring, and further developed in different directions by the German fundamental ontologist Martin Heidegger, the two French phenomenologists Merleau-Ponty and the postmodern philosopher Deleuze.
Brett Buchanan has in his book a critical review of each philosopher's thinking and understanding of the term 'Umwelt' in light of the author Uexküll himself. The book is very enlightening and philosophical inspiring and is, in my opinion, an important contribution to the understanding of animal and human perception, phenomenology and the inner experience of the 'world'.
I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in cognitive ethology, psychology and philosophy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Lawlor on May 26, 2010
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This is a well written and well researched book. I highly recommend it in order to become familiar with the current work on animal life that refers back to Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze, and their appropriations of Uexkull. Probably the most penetrating chapters are on Heidegger.
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