Thinking-of-the-Animal-Other with Emmanuel Levinas

Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal/Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad

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Title Thinking-of-the-Animal-Other with Emmanuel Levinas
Creator De Villiers, Jan-Harm
Subject Emmanuel Levinas
animal ethics
animal rights theory
Description This article situates the texts in which Emmanuel Levinas directly addresses questions of animality against the backdrop of his larger oeuvre and argues that, despite an explicit attempt to arrange a privileged ethical (dis)position for humans, Levinas' ethical logic opens onto a deeper conception of ethics without boundaries or a priori content. Juxtaposing Levinas' ethical subjectivity with the relational structure underlying the prominent models of animal rights, it proceeds to examine the implications of Levinas' ethics for a theory of animal rights. The article concludes that Levinas' theory is not logically consistent with a thematisation of the ethical claims of animals in the language of rights and that it is best utilised as a framework within which to deconstruct the inherent anthropocentric character of current models of animal rights.
Publisher Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa
Date 2020-11-03
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer reviewed article
Format application/pdf
Source Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal; Vol 23 (2020); 1-18
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Jan-Harm De Villiers

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