We are not so stupid ⋯ animals neither

Vinciane Despret, Hollis Taylor

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In her scrutiny of the discipline of ethology, psychologist and philosopher Vinciane Despret is no respecter of disciplinary limits, species borders, nodes of prestige, impact factor, pre-existing truths and facts, or Western science's exclusive authority. Instead, she seeks out unanticipated communicatory modes and dialogic mixes - highlow, inout, natureculture. Her reach and popularity as a Belgian and French intellectual thus extend well beyond her formal citation index. The translation below surveys her five-minute segment on the radio show Bon week-end, which is aired on Radio Télévision Belge Francophone. This compilation of recent programmes finds her sleuthing theory construction, legal status, taxonomic classification, research conditions, and capacities vis-àvis dogs, horses, humans, cassowary, dinosaurs, sheep, and tortoises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-161
Number of pages9
JournalAngelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • animal intelligence
  • ethology
  • Great Divide
  • intra-acting
  • natureculture


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