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Biophilia: Alienation and Solidarity

By Ralph Acampora

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Biophilia, theorized by Fromm, Wilson, and Kellert, is examined as a potential support for a pro-animal ethos. First, I look at the idea and its definitions at the hands of its chief theorizers. Then I investigate how different stages of human cultural development (foraging, pastoralism, industrial agriculture) have influenced different aspects of biophilia—especially as this bears on animal alienation. Finally, I consider possible remedies in the form of renewed patterns of solidarity with other species, one of which transforms Marx’ concept of species-being. The article has ethical implications, but it is essentially a work in philosophical anthropology.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Publication Title Between the Species
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 136-157
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  1. alienation
  2. Animal roles
  3. Anthropology
  4. Ethics
  5. open access
  6. Philosophy
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