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The thinker Stanley Cavell as soon as requested, "Can a person be freed from human nature?" On Ceasing to Be Human examines philosophical in addition to literary texts and contexts, during which a variety of senses of Cavell's query could be explored and built. prior to now thirty or so years, the very idea of "being human" has been referred to as into query inside such fields as cybernetics, animal-rights idea, analytic philosophy (neurophilosophy in particular). This ebook examines those matters, yet its major crisis is the hyperlink among freedom and nonidentity that Cavell's query implies, and which seems to be a big crisis one of the thinkers Bruns takes up during this e-book: Maurice Blanchot, Emmanuel Levinas, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and Jacques Derrida. every one of those is, in numerous methods, a thinker of the "singular" for whom the singular can't be lowered to techniques, different types, differences, or the guideline of identity.

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