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"No, no, my cat, the cat that looks at me in my bedroom or in thebathroom, this cat that is perhaps not "my cat" or "my pussycat," doesnot appear here as representative, or ambassador, carrying the immensesymbolic responsibility with which our culture has always charged thefeline race, from La Fontaine to Tieck (author of Puss in Boots), fromBaudelaire to Rilke, Buber and many others. If I say "it is a real cat" that sees me naked, it is in order to mark its unsubstitutable singularity. When it responds in its name (whatever respond means, and that will be our question), it doesn't do so as the exemplar of a species called cat, even less so of an animal genus or realm. It is true that I identify it as a male or female cat." Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am
Thank you for making even my most banal post a theoretical reflection, Scott. :) I really love that text, too.