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Man and animal

in Derrida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780192803450
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775796 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0008

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Man and animal

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Derrida's work of deconstruction always challenged ‘the opposition of nature and culture, animality and humanity’, but it was in his discussion of ethics and politics that the question of animality and the critique of onto-theological humanism really came together. ‘Man and animal’ argues that Derrida does not deny the significance we attach to the idea of the difference between human beings and other animals, nor does he countenance the fully naturalistic idea that human beings are simply one ‘animal organism’ among others. However, the classic humanist tradition describes this difference in terms that Derrida finds deeply problematic, both theoretically and in terms of our treatment of animals.

Keywords: animal; culture; deconstruction; ethics; humanism; nature; Other

Chapter.  3960 words. 

Subjects: 20th-Century Philosophy

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