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The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language

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Author:  Louise Westling

Presenting the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty as a theoretical grounding for studies in environmental humanities, The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language draws on interdisciplinary research to argue that human and animal semiotic activities—including cultural and linguistic behaviors—are not separate phenomena, but rather exist on a continuum.  Chapters include case studies of literary examples from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.