Animalist Thinking from Lucretius to Temple Grandin

  • Donald WeslingEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)


Chapter 4 is long because each of twelve major thinkers receives his or her own exposé, and each of the essays is preceded by pages that survey one work or many works, combing through to find how each animalist thinker shows the four attributes of Creativity, Embodied Mind, Dialogism, and Amplification of Affect. In the first instance, those attributes taken as a set are what identify the thinkers Donald Wesling puts forward as animalists. This is to invent a tradition where, apparently, no tradition existed. Wesling shows that Lucretius (ancient world), Michel de Montaigne (renaissance), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (romanticism), John Muir (the 19th century), Alphonso Lingis (with the next three, contemporary), Laurie Shannon, Brian Massumi, and Temple Grandin were always there with the attributes of membership.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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