In the introductory essay, Paolo Palmieri adopts a phenomenological approach in order to investigate the problem of animal suffering and ethics, animal reasoning and will, the neurophysiology of hearing in humans and birds, and the relation between birdsong and laughter.
My first commission is for a blackbird table for a garden room overlooking a garden full of roses and bird feeders. But at Birdsong, even though we were becoming quite satiated, we enjoyed each following dish with gusto!
I also have some beautiful brown oak that I plan to use for a mistle thrush table — its song is a rich and haunting contralto. It is accompanied by extensive annotations and an introductory essay by the translator, Paolo Palmieri, that examines the scientific and philosophical questions raised by birdsong in relation to the history and philosophy of science, phenomenology, and the theoretical problems of the demarcation of the human and non-human animal.
Anyway, the long and the short of it is that I fell heavily under the spell of the songs of the different species and the character and timbre of their voices.
Paolucci studies songbird species and behavior by bringing to bear linguistics, music and sound theory, and the debate on evolutionary theory and animal cognition. This is unusual because as one becomes satiated in the course of a meal, one usually becomes less appreciative of the next bite.
Impressed by reviews, wife and I were able to obtain a reservation about a month in advance for a Saturday evening. This book will also be valuable to the general public who is interested in the ethical debates on the presence of non-human animals in our society.
This book will appeal to a large audience of philosophers, post-humanists, historians of science, animal cognition theorists, birdsong scientists and naturalists, and students.