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Translation from French of the complete text of the post-structuralist philosopher’s ten-hour address to the 1997 Cérisy conference entitled “The Autobiographical Animal.” Considers the roles played by animals in the author’s work as well as a critique of the separation of humans, as thinking animals, from all the other species. A strong indictment of the modern industrialized treatment of animals, while, at the same time, a complex examination of the definition of “life.”

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