PDC Homepage

Home » Products » Purchase

Environmental Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 1, Spring 2017

Immortality and Infinitude in the Anthropocene

Emily Thew
Pages 101-118
DOI: 10.5840/envirophil201732047

Narcissistic Attachments
A Melancholic Reading of De-Extinction Projects

This essay examines the relationship between human and non­human animals in the context of de-extinction projects. Following van Dooren and Rose’s (2015) suggestion that de-extinction projects are reluctant to engage with mourning work, I argue that these scientific endeavours can be understood as inherently melancholic. In reading them as such, I focus on the concepts of identification and ambivalence central to Freud’s theorisation of melancholia, and argue that looking at these key ideas in relation to de-extinction reveals the way that notions of human exceptionalism can be problematized by a psychoanalytic reading of these projects.

Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe here
Already a subscriber? Login here

This document may be purchased

Purchase this article for
$20.00 USD
Enter your confirmation number if you've already purchased this article.