Human Exceptionalism and the Lot of Animals: Telling Stories About “Human Nature” in the Anthropocene


  • Sonja Žakula Institute of Ethnography SASA



“human nature”, human exceptionalism, other animals, Western epistemology


This paper arose from a discussion of Maria Kronfeldner’s book What’s Left of Human Nature? In it, I am chiefly concerned with two things: the role that other animals are afforded in discussions about and attempts at defining “human nature”, and a critique of the concept of nature that is utilized in the book. Furthermore, I view science as storytelling practice, and scholarly narratives about “human nature” as important stories in order to pose the question of accountability of telling such stories in the Anthropocene.


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How to Cite

Žakula, S. (2024) “Human Exceptionalism and the Lot of Animals: Telling Stories About ‘Human Nature’ in the Anthropocene”, Filozofija i društvo/Philosophy and Society. Belgrade, Serbia, 35(1), pp. 35–51. doi: 10.2298/FID2401035Z.