“But whatever he concedes to the animal in this way, Lacan holds it in the imaginary or the presymbolic (as we noted in his “Mirror-Stage” period and in the example of the pigeon or the desert locust). He holds “the animal” prisoner in the specularity of the imaginary; or rather he holds that the animal holds itself in this captivity and speaks with reference to it of “imaginary capture.” Above all, he holds the animal down to the first degree of feigning (feigning without feigning feigning) or, what comes to the same thing here, to the first degree of the trace: ability to trace, track, track down [dépister], but not to throw the tracking off track [dé-pister le dé-pistage] and to efface its track.”
Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks.
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