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animalism

the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature
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Approximately equal space is given to animalists and their opponents, and both parties make quite plausible cases.
Bluntly put, her former animalist crusade, where she endeavoured to hold anthropomorphic and zoomorphic fallacies at bay, appears to lose its bite and be somewhat brushed off by a tendency to represent a physically or spiritually maimed humanity through a stereotyped repertoire of animal metaphors.
Her animalist taxonomies of singers, dancers, and their audiences within what she calls the "new cafe-concert aesthetic" (124-44) include epilepsy, hysteria, minstrelsy, hybridity, nudity, ugliness, eroticism, dissolution, vulgarity, savagery, disease, and especially the simian resemblance.
Although humane, man animalist trends should not be seen as man-detracting feature: From our point of view animalism only represents the neat emergence of animal biological strength and energy, a basic kind of living and a physical force, which only in some extreme cases and occasions can be viewed as brutality.
For Jarrell's generation of poets, however, the wish for a return to an animalist totality belonged most particularly to Marianne Moore.
Another antidote against the force of dehumanization is to surpass the animalist state in which individuals prove to be just "like cringing dogs.
It turns man's purely animalist collection of impulses and urges into a vehicle for passing on not merely accidental memes, but deliberately engineered transformative customs across generations.