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Title: COMMENT PARLER A MON CHIEN: WORDS TO COME
Authors: ELIZABETH WIJAYA
Keywords: Derrida, Levinas, Bobby, Sovereign, Hegel, Animal
Issue Date: 15-Jan-2010
Source: ELIZABETH WIJAYA (2010-01-15). COMMENT PARLER A MON CHIEN: WORDS TO COME. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Following Derrida, who, in The Animal That Therefore I Am, questions the oppositions constructed between ¿those who name themselves men¿ and ¿what he calls the animal¿, this dissertation sniffs out the paw prints at the fringes of the Levinasian, Heideggerian and Hegelian oeuvres. Levinas¿ encounter with the dog he names ¿Bobby¿ and Heidegger¿s claim that ¿a does not exist but merely live¿ reveal how the restriction of animal figures become a self-deconstructing force within the philosophies. Hegel¿s much-neglected Philosophy of Nature is important not just for understanding the Hegelian system, but, can contribute significantly to the current discussion of the question of the animal since the idea of Spirit binds logic, nature and spirit into a progressive being-with such that no element is autonomously a subject on its own. Spirit in Hegelian philosophy can then be regarded as a thought of community. Lastly, I look to Kafka¿s ¿A Crossbreed¿ as an instance where the past prophesizes a future to-come where it may be almost possible to no longer distinguish between ¿the human¿ or ¿the animal¿.
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