This article explores the ethical significance of deconstruction for law and advances
veganism as a form of deconstruction that exposes and resists the anthropocentric character
of social and legal configurations. The article engages with Jacques Derrida’s project of
deconstructing the (human) subject and draws on Drucilla Cornell’s reconception of
deconstruction as the philosophy of the limit. By examining the philosophical foundations
of justice and deconstruction, the article exposes justice as the limit to a system of law
and investigates the capacity of deconstruction to advance the ethical relation (to the
Justice? – you get justice in the next world, in this world, you have the law.
An abridged version of this article was delivered at The
Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa Conference in 2011.