The main aim of the paper is to analyze the role of the concept of “beast” and its relationship to political philosophy as well as Derrida’s deconstructive reading of Western philosophical tradition. The problematic significance of the concept of “beast” enables Derrida to re-articulate the relationship between the state, law, and justice. Justice seems to be grasped in the deconstruction of binary opposition between the man and the animal/beast. This meets Derrida’s demand to establish an ethics of singularity, postulated in his late writings.
Beast, Deconstruction, Jacques Derrida, Justice, Political philosophy, State