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Animal RitesAmerican Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory$
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Cary Wolfe

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226905136

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226905129.001.0001

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In The Shadow of Wittgenstein's Lion

In The Shadow of Wittgenstein's Lion

Language, Ethics, and the Question of the Animal

(p.44) Chapter 2 In The Shadow of Wittgenstein's Lion
Animal Rites

Cary Wolfe

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Ludwig Wittgenstein's aphorism “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him” to reevaluate how distinctly different figures in contemporary philosophy and theory have thought about the question of language in relation to the difference between humans and animals. It aims to determines the theoretical conditions of possibility under which claims about the difference between human and animal might matter. This chapter also analyzes the relevant views of Stanley Cavell, Vicki Hearne, Jean-François Lyotard and Emmanuel Lévinas about language and ethics.

Keywords:   humans, animals, Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosophy, language, ethics, Stanley Cavell, Vicki Hearne, Jean-François Lyotard, Emmanuel Lévinas

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