Non-Identity Again

A recent article in the New York Times discusses the very bad idea that human rights should be extended to animals. I don’t think we can just carry on treating the rest of the world as if it only existed only to serve our needs, but this is the wrong way to make a change. In fact it doesn’t change anything, just reaffirms the anthropocentric view. What matters above all is to recognize the otherness of the world, in other words it’s existence apart from us, and outside our economy. This is completely relevant to art, because it has to do with recognizing the otherness of art. Actually, that otherness doesn’t just exist, it has to be fostered in the studio, but it’s the real source of value in art.

Asuka, three-year-old female chimpanzee, draws an oil painting at a studio at Izu Shaboten Park in Ito

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