oa Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology - Encountering the animal other s on moments of empathic seeing

Volume 6 Number sed-1
  • ISSN : 1445-7377



All zoology assumes from our side a methodical Einfuehlung into animal behaviour, with the participation of the animal in our perceptive life and the participation of our perceptive life in animality. (Merleau-Ponty, 1970, pp. 97-98) <br>Looking into his eyes, I could not bring myself to pretend to talk to him the way I would to a dog or a horse: He would probably have looked at me sceptically and swaggered away. Nor could I embarrass myself by speaking English as though he could understand me. Silence, and gesture, were suddenly of paramount importance. Our eyes met, and I think that I experienced that chiasm, that criss-crossing of intentions and gestures, of which Merleau-Ponty speaks.

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