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Two More Dogs, One Philosopher

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This chapter begins with a Clarice Lispector's story, "The Crime of the Mathematics Professor". Lispector was fascinated by animals, or, more broadly, nonhuman species. Her fiction registers their presence in a wide variety of ways. Two of the stories in the volume where "Crime" appears, Family Ties, are named after animals (a chicken and a buffalo, respectively). The chapter highlights that "The Crime of the Mathematics Professor" gives a powerful, intense enactment of the indissoluble relation between animal and human. In Lispector's idiom, this relation forms the ethical core of human action. In Heidegger's vocabulary, this relation constitutes the ontological center for human agency. Management of animality comes hard. Abandonment proves to be impossible. It remains crucial for man to preserve his own animality as something hidden and undisclosable as well as captivating and open.

Keywords: animality; Clarice Lispector; Heidegger; non human species



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