Chapter

Animals as Persons

Rane Willerslev

in Soul Hunters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252165
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941007 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252165.003.0007
Animals as Persons

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This chapter suggests a possible grounding in the mimetic encounter between hunter and prey, and also suggests how people are able to understand animal personhood, which opposes both anthropological and biological models. It identifies the differences between humans and animals, the connection between hunting and sex, and mimetic empathy and perspectivism.

Keywords: animal personhood; mimetic encounter; hunter; prey; anthropological models; biological models; mimetic empathy; perspectivism

Chapter.  12660 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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