Esthetics of animal-being

Olga Kempinska

This essay is a reading of Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am and a reflection on the possibility of the uses of the expression animal-being for the description of the contemporary aims of esthetics. In analyzing the subjective discomfort involved in the gesture of crossing lines and of deterritorialization of the thinking, the paper investigates the effects of the annulation of the esthetic distance and of the extrapolation of the component "sensible" in the general expression "sensible experience". Because of the failure to provide the domestication of the perception, also related to the importance of emotions and body-reactions, the animal-being of the reader leads to a subversion of the reductive reflexivity.

esthetics; deconstruction; animality


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