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ANT376H1 Lecture Notes - Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Carl Linnaeus


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANT376H1
Professor
Hillary Cunningham

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The Animal Human Divide continued…
And the Metaphysics of Apes..
Cultural artifact
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Western culture, and the history of ideas
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Animals and animality
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Definition of animal, the divide takes diff orientations/configurations
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One definition had the human totally outside from that definition
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Human with animalistic characteristics
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Idea of animal characteristics - have negative connotations, and moral connotations as well
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Animality = from dictionary point of view, have set of characteristic at least in the human - not mediated by ethical and rational
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How the human animal divide unfold in the science of taxonomy, biology, philosophy ..etc
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Last week:
Monkey and Apes = key site for the exploration for the engagement of the human-animal divide
Boy raised by animals
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Animal and human interacting
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Divide is defined by technology
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Text is saying that technology and fire and uses is something that distinguishes humans and animals
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Social darwinism
The Orangutan is closer to human, thus he demonstrates a lot of human characteristics, while his friends are monkeys, and are "below"
him in the animal taxonomy
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Evolution is an ascending notion toward civilization
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Crossing over the divide (human-animal)
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'throne' like chair/space
Use of jazz = connotation with culture (African culture)
Louie Prima singing (not AA, he is Italian),
Dixie land jazz
Or any type of jazz resonates with African American, street music, context in Afr-Am culture
White encroachment / consumption of jazz
Racism
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King Louie ?
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Playing the primate
Liminal space between animal and human
African and American, racialization of Black / ethnic identity
Louie Armstrong*** (1901-1971) = king of jazz***, plays trumpet
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Expressed through jazz,
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[Text] Disney: "The Jungle Book"
"I think, therefore I am"
There is a definite divide between human and animal
Contextualize the question of human-animal divide
Philosophy of mind
Irrational mind, mind capable of thought
Loaded theological concepts
Creation, Adam emerges as a dominant presence in the ladder of life
Top to bottom = God, angels, Kings, Lords...Man,...animals… plants...rocks...soil
Human orient toward God,
Material world
Conflict
"Great Chain of Being" - Christian/ medieval , hierarchal (rigid), ordered,
Rational thought, quality of human
Corporeal and incorporeal dynamics ( refer to spiritual connection)
Speech = expression of thought
Animals don't have thought, they don't have speech
Descartes
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Historian
Taxonomy - classify information of the natural world
18thc = exploration of natural world
Finding new things, plants, fauna ..
He puts human in animal kingdom
He argues that from strict biological point of view, human is part of animal kingdom
Monkeys and humans in same categories
Hybridities are still platformed on the dualism in itself
Creating a system that subjects the human is important
Has the potential to disrupt the hierarchal model of the human-animal difference
He looked at monkeys and looked at reports
Linnaeus
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Carl Linnaeus, Rene Descartes, and Charles Darwin
*next Thurs quiz
Lecture 4 Metaphysics of Apes
January-30-14
12:09 PM
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