The Animal That Therefore I Am
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Foreword / Marie-Louise Mallet
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Jacques Derrida often expressed his intention to one day put together in a large work the texts he had written on ââthe animal.ââ Although he had his heart set on such a project, various pressing tasks persistently pushed it aside. In 1997, for the ten-day Cerisy conference on his work whose title, ââThe Autobiographical Animal,ââ he had expressly chosen, he wrote ...
Chapter 1: The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow)
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In the beginning, I would like to entrust myself to words that, were it possible, would be naked. Naked in the first placeâbut this is in order to announce already that I plan to speak endlessly of nudity and of the nude in philosophy. Starting from Genesis. I would like to choose words that are, to begin with, naked, ...
Chapter 2: ââBut as for me, who am I (following)?ââ
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ââBut as for me, who am I (following)?ââ Whether I address this question to you or ask it, in the first instance, of myself, it should concern only me, myself, me alone. And every response that I give to it will belong to a self-definition, as a first autobiographical gesture involving only the writing of my life, myself, me alone. Yet you well know that this question is so much older than me: ââBut as for me, who am I?ââ It shows ...
Chapter 3: And Say the Animal Responded?: to Jacques Lacan
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Would an ethics like that Levinas attempts be sufficient to recall the subject to its being-subject, its being-host or -hostage, that is to say, its being subjected- to-the-other, to the Wholly Other or to every single other? I donât think so. More than that is required to break with the Cartesian tradition of the animal-machine without language and without response.1 It takes more than that, even ...
Chapter 4: ââI donât know why we are doing thisââ
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I donât know why we are doing this . . . or where you are getting your stamina from [laughter] . . . to be able to continue to listen to me! Donât think for a moment that I am insisting on having the last word, or on being not only ââthe last of the Jews,ââ or ââthe last of the eschatologists,ââ but really ââthe last to speak,ââ the last of the last, speaking. By no means, ...
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Publication Year: 2008