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DivinanimalityAnimal Theory, Creaturely Theology$
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Stephen Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263196

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.001.0001

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Animals, before Me, with Whom I Live, by Whom I Am Addressed:

Animals, before Me, with Whom I Live, by Whom I Am Addressed:

Writing after Derrida

(p.17) Animals, before Me, with Whom I Live, by Whom I Am Addressed

Glen A. Mazis

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In this essay, Glen A. Mazis descends deeply into Jacques Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am and The Beast and the Sovereign, writing after Derrida but also with and beyond Derrida. In this task, Mazis is aided by Jean-Christophe Bailly and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In the second half of his essay, Mazis takes up Derrida's discourse on the wolf as a traditional figure of human rapacity, and pushes beyond that discourse to engage with the history of human predation on the wolf. That horrific history, for Mazis, is emblematic of a systematic misrecognition that has turned the animal world into a world that humans no longer know how to inhabit or even to see.

Keywords:   Animality studies, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Wolves

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