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Conclusion: The Risk of Anthropomorphism

Claire Colebrook

in Philosophy and Post-structuralist Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622276
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622276.003.0007
Conclusion: The Risk of Anthropomorphism

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In an attempt to overcome anthropologism philosophy has presented itself as an anthropomorphism: the leap to a site beyond where we are, a speculative dream of some ethics or law beyond the human. And it is in adopting such an apocalyptic tone of pure presence that the articulation of existence is forgotten. Any theory of being as system or structure is already the effect of a way of looking, an openness of the look, a point of view which is never given as the pure presence of a point but is always dispersed through disclosure. The illusion of anthropomorphism can therefore only be countered with an anthropology — a location of theory or thought in the finitude of human existence. But such an anthropologism cannot replace anthropomorphism as another ground. On the contrary, the ‘there’ of the human is neither ground nor grounded, but the dispersed opening of the difference between the two.

Keywords: anthropologism; anthropomorphism; being; anthropology

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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