Vinciane Despret: “There is something of the octopus in us”

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What if humans weren’t the only living things to be creative, to produce literature, and to want their existence remembered? This is the experience of poetic thought proposed by Vinciane Despret in Autobiography of an octopus and other tales of anticipation. Philosopher of science and psychologist, she teaches at the University of Liège and at the Free University of Brussels. She is the author of numerous books on the relationship between humans and animals, What would animals say if… we asked them the right questions? (The Discovery, 2012), Home of animals (Actes Sud, 2017), or Living as a bird (Actes Sud, 2019) to which is added a book on the relationship between the living and the dead, To the happiness of the dead (The Discovery, 2015).

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