Chapter 1: The Language of Nature: Non-differentiation and Concept Formation in Early Modern Empiricisms

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Following Georgio Agamben’s claim in The Open: Man and Animal that an important characteristic of work in natural science and philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries is that the physical demarcation between man and the other species entailed zones of indifference in which it was not possible to assign certain identities, this paper explores how zones of indifference originate in the context of Locke’s and Berkeley’s thought and how they tacitly re-inscribe the human/animal divide while explicitly questioning it. The paper concludes by exploring the possibilities of radicalised empiricism for opening up a more original zone of indifference.

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