Wild Diplomacy

Cohabiting with Wolves on a New Ontological Map

By Baptiste Morizot
Translated by Catherine Porter

Subjects: Environmental Philosophy, Environmental Politics, Endangered Species, Ecology
Hardcover : 9781438488394, 330 pages, June 2022
Expected to ship: 2022-06-01

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Table of contents

Gallery of Diplomats

Part I: The Diplomatic Crisis: Cohabiting with Large Predators


1. The Diplomatic Model

2. Seeking King Solomon’s Ring

3. Understanding and Influencing Behavior

4. Animal Political Philosophy

Part II: Diplomatic Intelligence: For a Wolf Science

5. Orienting Wolf Pack Cultures

6. Toward the Social Sciences of Wolves: Interiority, Variability, Sociality

7. A Laboratory Called Yellowstone

8. On Intentionality: Toward an Animist Epistemology

9. A Differently Rational Shamanism

10. On Tracking

Part III: The Diplomatic Project: An Ethics of Relations

11. The Power That Is Diplomacy

12. We Have Invented the Wolf

13. Constitutive Relations

14. What Mutualisms in Our Relations with Wolves?


Explores how humans and wildlife such as wolves can cohabit with mutual respect in the same territories.


Starting from a specific case, the spontaneous return of wolves to France and the intense conflicts that event has triggered, the French philosopher Baptiste Morizot invites us to think about what he calls "diplomacy with living beings." How can we conceive of cohabitation with the most recalcitrant wildlife, large predators in particular, and what concrete solutions need to be invented to make this happen? Drawing on knowledge gleaned from history and philosophy as well as from ethology, scientific ecology, and biology, Wild Diplomacy prompts us to ask what relations we want to reinvent with living beings today and how we might fundamentally reimagine our status as living beings among other life forms. This prize-winning book has broken new ground in contemporary French environmental philosophy.

Baptiste Morizot is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Aix-Marseille in France. His many books include On the Animal Trail. Catherine Porter is Visiting Scholar at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.