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The Beast and the Sovereign
Author: Jacques Derrida

ISBN: 9780226144306
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 30 September 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5

The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume II is the latest entry in the University of Chicago Press’s ambitious series of translations of Jacques Derrida’s previously unpublished written lectures. Picking up where the previous volume left off, Volume II extends Derrida’s exploration of the fascinating connections between animality and human sovereignty.


In the second part of this seminar, originally presented in 2002–3, Derrida focuses on what at first appear to be two markedly different texts: Heidegger’s The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics and Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe. Shuttling back and forth between the two works, Derrida investigates a number of key concepts and provides ingenious interpretations of both texts. Sovereignty remains his primary concern as he reflects on the political history of the dominion of human...

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