The proper of man

“So in our dogged determination to hunt down what is proper to man, we were not far from forgetting that more difficult still is the determination of what is proper to the beast, and, a quite different issue, the proper meaning of the word bête.
If the proper of man is the properly human, the proper of the bête is certainly neither the “properly bête” of bestiality nor the “properly bête” of bêtise. We were not far from considering that, in French at least, bestiality could well be the proper of man.”

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