Problem zwierząt. Jak postrzegamy i jak traktujemy zwierzęta?
Problem of animals. How do we perceive and treat animals?
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The article presents the reflections on the Animal Question, considered in various aspects: philosophical, ethical, economical and cultural. Author brings up the problem of language, that humans use speaking about animals, which is clearly involved into structure of power. One of the most striking problems is variety and diversification of beings that word ‘Animal’ apply to, which enhance anthropocentric opposition between human and non-human animals. Being aware that language is actually a conceptualization of animality, Dariusz Gzyra reveals how our everyday reality involves problem of animals especially when it comes to social institutions. One of the main thesis is the one that shows connection between discourse (the way we perceive animals) and social practice (the way we treat them). That is why objectification (animal as a peace of meat) or infantilisation (conceptualization of animality in cartoons) are deeply connected with animal farms, industry of pets or animal spectacles like circus. In this article Dariusz Gzyra deals with different aspects of speciesism. Through references to Rosi Braidotti’s, Donna Haraway’s and Monika Bakke’s works author of these thesis shows inner complicity of speciesism, which infects deeply on human perception of animals, environment and ourselves.
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