Animal Liberation, Critical Theory, and the Left: Interview with John Sanbonmatsu

Despite a recent proliferation of scholarship, Peter Singer and Tom Regan are still often understood as the first and last words on contemporary animal ethics and philosophy. John Sanbonmatsu offers a clear alternative perspective, through his viable challenge to the Academy, the Left, and the animal movements. Drawing on authors such as Marx, Gramsci, and Merleau-Ponty, Sanbonmatsu illuminates what it means to take animals seriously within broader frameworks of justice and liberation. Equally potent, he critiques the postmodern turn within the Academy to ask serious questions about social change, strategy, and power.

John Sanbonmatsu teaches political philosophy and ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is the author of The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy, and the Making of a New Political Subject, and the forthcoming Animal Liberation and Critical Theory.

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