Bilby! I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to see a link like that coming from a talking animal, but I guess I was. I hadn't ever read any continental philosophy about animals--I especially liked the bit about movement. I remember being a kid and watching a gnat zig-zagging through motes of dust--its movement made me think it had intention (sometimes it would move against the currents of air in a way that the motes of dust couldn't). Also, I'm always interested in Husserl and Heidegger and the whole nazi betrayal thing. Also, also, I just caught Starship Troopers on TV the other night (more bugs, more fascists). I wish there had been some mention of Descartes instead of just Aristotle, and I wish there had been something comparing/contrasting the idea that rocks and plants could have some sort of monadic soul. But that's probably just me. What a fun read!
Do you read stuff like this all the time? Can you post more?
"Taking insects as lode-stars of the analysis concerning the essence of animality will inevitably orient the inquiry toward instinctual behaviors, leaving aside phenomena such as animal learning and intelligence, because instinctual behaviors are precisely highly stereotyped behaviors." - Christiane Bailey, Kinds of Life.