Being, eating and being eaten : deconstructing the ethical subject

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dc.contributor.advisor Cilliers, Paul Vrba, Minka en_ZA
dc.contributor.other University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Philosophy. 2008-08-07T09:17:58Z en_ZA 2010-06-01T08:40:57Z 2008-08-07T09:17:58Z en_ZA 2010-06-01T08:40:57Z 2006-12 en_ZA
dc.description Thesis (MPhil (Philosophy))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.
dc.description.abstract This study constitutes a conceptual analysis and critique of the notion of the subject, and the concomitant notion of responsibility, as it has developed through the philosophical history of the modern subject. The aim of this study is to present the reader with a critical notion of responsibility. This study seeks to divorce such a position from the traditional, normative view of the subject, as typified by the Cartesian position. Following Derrida, a deconstructive reading of the subject’s conceptual development since Descartes is presented. What emerges from this reading is that, despite various re-conceptualisations of the subject by philosophers as influential and diverse as Nietzsche, Heidegger and Levinas, their respective positions continue to affirm the subject as human. The position presented in this study challenges this notion of the subject as human, with the goal of opening-up and displacing the ethical frontier between human and non-human. It is argued that displacing this ethical frontier introduces complex responsibilities. These complex responsibilities resist the violence inherent to normative positions that typically exclude the non-human – particularly the animal – from the sphere of responsibility. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subject Complexity theory en_ZA
dc.subject Descartes, Rene, 1596-1650 en
dc.subject Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 en
dc.subject Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976 en
dc.subject Levinas, Emmanuel en
dc.subject Derrida, Jacques en
dc.subject Subject (Philosophy) en
dc.subject Subjectivity en
dc.subject Responsibility en
dc.subject Ontology en
dc.subject Ethics en
dc.subject Human-animal relationships en
dc.subject Deconstruction en
dc.subject Dissertations -- Philosophy en
dc.subject Theses -- Philosophy en
dc.title Being, eating and being eaten : deconstructing the ethical subject en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.rights.holder University of Stellenbosch
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