Giustino De Michele
2013 PhD contract
Doctoral school : Pratiques et théories du sens (University Paris 8)
Co-directed by the Università di Roma Tor Vergata
Thesis : What if animals could respond ? The subject of animal representation as an application of deconstructive thought.
Directed by : Charles Ramond
Giustino de Michele studied in Italy and obtained a master’s degree in Philosophical Sciences at the Università degli studi di Firenze before beginning in 2013 a PhD thesis in philosophy, directed by Charles Ramond.
Entitled "What if animals could respond ? The subject of animal representation as an application of deconstructive thought.", Giustino de Michele’s research project intends to deal with the issue of "artistic" or "expressive" representation of animals through philosophical perspectives and instruments.
The subject is at a crossroads between several diverse research fields : aesthetics and art theory (related to outsider art and informalism), philosophical subjects (related to Jacques Derrida’s thought) and ethology, a field where the phenomenon in question is considered in a scientific approach.
This subject is a true transition between biological sciences, humanities and aesthetics and constitutes a bordeline case in relation to a taxonomy of subjects as well as what can be object of a scientific approach. His analysis will question concepts of art and humanity, sense and animality, philosophy and science where they meet with their limits.
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