A cruelty by any other name

“There remains the immense risk of what is still a fraternalism of the “fellow.” This risk is double (and also affects Lévinas’s discourse, let it be said in passing): on the one hand, this fraternalism frees us from all ethical obligation, all duty not to be criminal and cruel, precisely, with respect to any living being that is not my fellow or is not recognized as my fellow, because it is other and other than man. In this logic, one is never cruel toward what is called an animal, or a nonhuman living creature. One is already exculpated of any crime toward any nonhuman living being.”

Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks.
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