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When the Grass Sings: Poetic Reason and Animal Writing

Isabel Balza

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 471-488. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15576762300712

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In this article I shall propose María Zambrano's poetic reason as a suitable method for developing a knowledge of animal being. To do so, I will follow the analyses (Derrida, Coetzee) that place animal thinking in the poetic sphere, thus showing the need for a poetic/literary knowledge to make a philosophical knowledge of the animal possible. Animal writing expresses our nature in relation to animal nature; it discloses our animal interbeingness. Finally, I will point to some of the principles of ecofeminist/animal ethics, like care and empathy, which arise both in what I propose to call animal writing and in Zambranian poetic reason.


Animal writing, ethics of care, María Zambrano, passivity, poetic reason

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