“once there is cruelty only toward the fellow, well, not only can one cause hurt without doing evil [faire du mal sans faire le mal] and without being cruel not only toward humans not recognized as true humans and true brothers (I leave the choice of examples up to you, and this is not only about racism), but also toward any living being foreign to the human race. The obvious consequence is that not only would one not be cruel (or criminal, criminalizable, or culpable) when one caused suffering to people not recognized and legitimized as such (which happens every day somewhere in the world), but one would have the right to inflict the worst suffering on “animals” without ever being suspected of the least cruelty.”  Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright. Check out this book on the iBooks Store: https://itun.es/us/k62XH.l

“once there is cruelty only toward the fellow, well, not only can one cause hurt without doing evil [faire du mal sans faire le mal] and without being cruel not only toward humans not recognized as true humans and true brothers (I leave the choice of examples up to you, and this is not only about racism), but also toward any living being foreign to the human race. The obvious consequence is that not only would one not be cruel (or criminal, criminalizable, or culpable) when one caused suffering to people not recognized and legitimized as such (which happens every day somewhere in the world), but one would have the right to inflict the worst suffering on “animals” without ever being suspected of the least cruelty.” 

Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright. Check out this book on the iBooks Store: https://itun.es/us/k62XH.l

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