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Scavengers of the In-between: Feminist Ruminations on Dogs, Love, and Pragmatism

By Catherine Bailey

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Western philosophy’s frequent conflation and denigration of animals, human others, embodiment and emotions has been powerfully documented over the past many decades. I explore the impact of this fear and loathing of the body, a somatophobia that infects much of the Western philosophical canon and its orientation toward people of color, white women, and animals. As I share reflections that are meant to enact and reveal an embodied pragmatism, I consider the potential of our love for dogs to ground a more embodied philosophical approach to love. Rooted in my own journey (as philosopher and dog lover), I pose questions about the significance of love and dogs both to the academy, and to flesh and blood theorists. How might our love for dogs support a more attentive, embodied engagement with both the world and the world of ideas?

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2020
Publication Title Between the Species
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 30-51
URL https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/bts/vol23/iss1/2/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Dogs
  3. Human-animal relationships
  4. Mammals
  5. open access
  6. Pets and companion animals
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