by J J Cohen
... it may surprise you that the image at left is included in the PowerPoint that will accompany my talk at the CUNY graduate program in French conference Collective Identities: Policies and Poetics next Friday.
This kitten, so cute it is disturbing, is supposed to be Derrida's pet, the one that peers at him naked and triggers a philosophical crisis. It's not really Derrida's cat, of course: a pet which, despite its "unsubstitutable singularity," is never named in the text. (My best guesses are "Hegel," "Pharmakon," or "Mr. Whiskers.")
Of course, the talk is about "The Monster that Therefore I Am," so it also includes this slightly less savory image. But you know, I'm thinking that this second slide is the less creepy one.