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Published: 15 April 2008

192 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823227914

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The Animal That Therefore I Am

Jacques Derrida, Edited by Marie-Louise Mallet, and David Wills

A Fordham University Press Publication

The Animal That Therefore I Am is the long-awaited translation of the complete text of Derrida's ten-hour address to the Cerisy conference entitled The Autobiographical Animal.The book is at once an affectionate look back over the multiple roles played by animals in Derrida's work and a profound philosophical investigation of the relegation of animal life that takes place as a result of the distinction--dating from Descartes--between man as thinking animal and every other living species. Derrida finds that distinction, or versions of it, surfacing in thinkers as far apart as Descartes, Kant, Heidegger, Lacan, and Levinas, and he dedicates extended analyses to the question in the work of each of them.The Animal That Therefore I Am is at times a militant plea and indictment regarding, especially, the modern industrialized treatment of the animal. Derrida cannot, however, subscribe to a simplistic version of animal rights that fails to follow through, in all its implications, the questions and definitions of lifethat returned with insistence in much of his later work.


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