chapter  17
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The feminine and philosophy

The epigram from Maurice Blanchot which opens this essay also features on the back cover of the re-edition of Robert Antelme’s book on Nazi death camps, L’Éspèce humaine. The ‘man’ in question has been reduced to ‘stealing vegetable peelings’: that is, dragged down to his absolute human minimum, to a minimum of humanity, and this by the very thing that denies him and which must be denied.