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The Gaze Called Animal: Notes For A Study On Thinking, Sharon Sliwinski Dec 2010

The Gaze Called Animal: Notes For A Study On Thinking, Sharon Sliwinski

Sharon Sliwinski

Over the course of several days in 1997, Jacques Derrida delivered a long lecture to attendees of a conference in Cerisy called “The Autobiographical Animal.” As part of his opening remarks, the philosopher recounted a curious little scene that served to introduce the central theme of the larger address that followed. The scene begins when Derrida reports that each morning, with an almost ritualistic regularity, he is followed from his bedroom into the bathroom by his cat, an unnamed feline, he insists, that is a real little cat, not the mere figure of a cat: “It doesn’t silently enter ...