How to Be Animal: What it Means to Be Human

by Melanie Challenger


How to Be Animal: What it Means to Be Human | 9781786895752 | Melanie Challenger

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Published:03/02/2022 by Canongate Books Ltd


Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet. But how well do we really know ourselves?

How to Be Animal offers a radical take on what it means to be human and argues that at the heart of our psychology is a profound struggle with being animal. Tracing the history of this thinking through to its far-reaching effects on our lives, and drawing on a range of disciplines, Challenger proposes that being an animal is a process, beautiful and unpredictable, and that we have a chance to tell ourselves a new story; to realise that if we matter, so does everything else.

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