I eat therefore I am:an essay on human and animal mutuality

Christou, Maria (2013) I eat therefore I am:an essay on human and animal mutuality. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 18 (4). pp. 63-79. ISSN 0969-725X

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Abstract

This essay provides an overview of seminal examples of Western thought (including the Bible, Plato, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud and Heidegger) in which food features as a means to the conceptual differentiation of the human from the animal. Such an approach allows the emergence of a “structure” (in the Deleuzian sense) that seems to underlie the production of these distinctions. It is, paradoxically, human and animal mutuality – as this is manifested in their common need for, and consumption of, food – that has been utilised as their “differentiator” in the Western tradition and it is this, I argue, that renders possible the functions of what Agamben calls the “anthropological machine.”

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 64366
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 May 2013 13:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 01:45
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/64366

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