Being, eating and being eaten : deconstructing the ethical subject

dc.contributor.advisorCilliers, Paul
dc.contributor.authorVrba, Minkaen_ZA
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Philosophy.
dc.descriptionThesis (MPhil (Philosophy))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.
dc.description.abstractThis 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.publisherStellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subjectComplexity theoryen_ZA
dc.subjectDescartes, Rene, 1596-1650en
dc.subjectNietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900en
dc.subjectHeidegger, Martin, 1889-1976en
dc.subjectLevinas, Emmanuelen
dc.subjectDerrida, Jacquesen
dc.subjectSubject (Philosophy)en
dc.subjectHuman-animal relationshipsen
dc.subjectDissertations -- Philosophyen
dc.subjectTheses -- Philosophyen
dc.titleBeing, eating and being eaten : deconstructing the ethical subjecten_ZA
dc.rights.holderUniversity of Stellenbosch

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