Nudity and Animal Life: From Derrida to Agamben


Author: PANG Hongrui, Associate Professor, Literature Department, Hebei Normal  University.


While Derrida and Agamben's philosophical perspectives may differ significantly, they converge on the themes of nudity and animal life, while also critiquing the tendency of Western discourse to separate humans from animals. This paper conducts a comparative analysis of their respective ideas, aiming to uncover both the commonalities and distinctions in their thought. In each, naked consciousness emerges as a violent construct that perpetuates the division between humans and animals. The question then arises: How can we reshape the relationship between these two realms? Derrida delves into theological origins, interpreting Gods in order to see as a means to uncover its ethical potential. In contrast, Agamben presents Messianic life as a potent form of resistance, representing a Sabbath-like existence where all distinctions are suspended, and life takes on new purpose. While Derridas exploration primarily emphasizes the ethical dimension, Agambens inquiry is centered on the political dimension. By connecting these seemingly disparate modes of thinking, we may deepen our understanding of the shared concerns within contemporary continental philosophy.


Nudity, Animal Life, Carno-phallogocentrisme, Dispositif, Messiah

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