Phenomenological Theory of the Human-Animal Relationship

Postdoc project Martin Huth

Martin Huth works on a phenomenological theory of the human-animal relationship that is oriented towards the lifeworld meanings. The theory wants to describe the fact that we have always been living with animals and that this fact is embedded in history and culture. Against the background of certain standards animals concern us, we face animals every day. This requires responsibility. It is not enough to simply reconstruct or apply existing manners and standards. In the individual encounter a demand becomes manifest which we cannot not answer. Therefore - independent of specific attributions - we are called upon to assume responsibility which we can only assume within a variable sociocultural context.