Mastery

“This is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to hold a discourse of mastery or transcendence with respect to the animal and simultaneously claim to do so in the name of God, in the name of the name of the Father or the name of the Law. The Father, the Law, the Animal, etc., the sovereign and the beast—should one not recognize here basically one and the same thing? Or, rather, indissociable figures of the same Thing? One could add the Mother, and it probably would change nothing. Nietzsche and Kafka understood this perhaps better than philosophers or theorists did, at least in the tradition we are attempting to analyze.”

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