Derrida And Our Animal Others: Derrida's Final Seminar, The Beast And The Sovereign

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byDavid Farrell Krell

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Jacques Derrida's final seminars were devoted to animal life and political sovereignty-the connection being that animals slavishly adhere to the law while kings and gods tower above it and that this relationship reveals much about humanity in the West. David Farrell Krell offers a detailed account of these seminars, placing them in the context of Derrida's late work and his critique of Heidegger. Krell focuses his discussion on questions such as death, language, and animality. He concludes that Heidegger and Derrida share a commitment to finding new ways of speaking and thinking about human and animal life.

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Jacques Derrida's final seminars were devoted to animal life and political sovereignty-the connection being that animals slavishly adhere to the law while kings and gods tower above it and that this relationship reveals much about humanity in the West. David Farrell Krell offers a detailed account of these seminars, placing them in the...

David Farrell Krell is currently Brauer Visiting Professor of German Studies at Brown University and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. He writes fiction and is author of numerous scholarly books, including Contagion (IUP, 1998) and The Tragic Absolute: German Idealism and the Languishing of God (IUP, 2008).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.48 inPublished:June 18, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. The Beast and the Sovereign I
2. The Beast and the Sovereign II
3. How Follow the Animal... That I Am?
4. Is There a Touchstone for All Philosophy?
5. Is Apophantic Discourse the Touchstone?
6. Conclusions and Directions for Future Research
Index

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"[One of] the first books to be published on the two volumes of Jacques Derrida's last seminar series, La Bête et le souverain (published in French in 2008-10 and in English in 2009-11); [The author] also includes a chapter on Derrida's L'Animal que donc je suis (published fully in book form in French in 2006 and in English in 2008) - all posthumous works based on lectures or seminars on the intertwined questions of animality and sovereignty." -French Studies