Darwin and Derida on human and animal emotions: the question of shame as a measure of ontological difference

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2012 Number 76

Darwin and Derida on human and animal emotions: the question of shame as a measure of ontological difference
Linda Williams, pages -

Abstract

This essay reflects on how studies in human emotions, and studies of the emotional qualities of shame in particular, may be brought to bear on the study of human-animal relations. Derrida’s late essays on human - animal relations are compared to Darwin’s seminal works and to social theories of the emotions in order to emphasise how traditional regimes of theocentric logic on the animal still prevail. However, in the context of a global industrialised instrumentalisation of the animal, widespread erosion of biodiversity and mass extinctions, Derrida’s account of the ‘trauma’ Darwinism has inflicted on conventional epistemological framework of human-animal relations acquires a new urgency in the need for a profound shift in the way we think about animals and their ontological status.

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Linda Williams (2012) Darwin and Derida on human and animal emotions: the question of shame as a measure of ontological difference, New Formations, 2012(76), -

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