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Philosophy and Post-structuralist TheoryFrom Kant to Deleuze$
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Claire Colebrook

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622276

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622276.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Risk of Anthropomorphism

Conclusion: The Risk of Anthropomorphism

(p.202) Conclusion: The Risk of Anthropomorphism
Philosophy and Post-structuralist Theory

Claire Colebrook

Edinburgh University Press

In an attempt to overcome anthropologism philosophy has presented itself as an anthropomorphism: the leap to a site beyond where we are, a speculative dream of some ethics or law beyond the human. And it is in adopting such an apocalyptic tone of pure presence that the articulation of existence is forgotten. Any theory of being as system or structure is already the effect of a way of looking, an openness of the look, a point of view which is never given as the pure presence of a point but is always dispersed through disclosure. The illusion of anthropomorphism can therefore only be countered with an anthropology — a location of theory or thought in the finitude of human existence. But such an anthropologism cannot replace anthropomorphism as another ground. On the contrary, the ‘there’ of the human is neither ground nor grounded, but the dispersed opening of the difference between the two.

Keywords:   anthropologism, anthropomorphism, being, anthropology

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