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This chapter raises vital questions for legal and political theory. If our own universal conception of the human subsumes and erases particular differences, in what manner can we avoid reproducing the concept in its essential form? Might this repetition of the human—seen in such issues as human rights that have historically been extended to encompass rights for women and LGBT communities, among others originally excluded from the category—be its essence? And if so, might law and our ideas of justice be little more than symbols of this repetition? Pursuing one promise of plasticity, that of repair, this chapter argues for a reorientation of our legal notions to prevent repeating violence in the name of the human.

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