What if the Other were an Animal? Hegel on Jews, Animals and Disease

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Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophyand Social Theory, 2007, August, 8 (1), pp. 61 - 77
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Th e question of the other appears to be a uniquely human concern. Engagement with the nature of alterity and the quality of the other are philosophical projects that commence with an assumed anthropocentrism. Th is anthropocentrism will be pursued by way of Hegel s discussion of disease in his Philosophy of Nature. Disease is implicitly bound up with race, racial identity and animality, and provides an opening to the question: what if the other were an animal? Any answer to this question should resist a founding anthropocentrism by no longer being limited by the opposition human/non-human. Th is gives rise to the possibility of engaging philosophically with questions of race and ethnicity
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