Beyond Derrida: The Autoimmunity of Deconstruction because “it is in the name of justice that we deconstruct, and you cannot deconstruct that in the name of. Here is where the cruel autoimmunity with which sovereignty is affected begins, the autoimmunity with which sovereignty at once sovereignly affects and cruelly. Derrida argues that the idea of democracy suffers from a fatal “autoimmunity”: its freedom and equality requirements cancel each other out.
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In the framework that I propose, the first question to be answered will be whether it is possible to regard HIV, which clearly comes from the outside, as a metaphor for something that blurs the distinction between friend and foe. The implications of this image are quite clear. The Department of Homeland Security has conspicuously failed to secure our ports, our borders, or our chemical plants Jacques Derrida and the Other of Philosophy London: Forthcoming… No testimonials found.
Derrida and the Immune System
For autoimmunity is not only about vulnerability, the vulnerability of juridical performatives, but being itself a performative, it also stages this vulnerability: In this move there are inevitable exclusions autoimmuniry elisions that morph a heterogeneous collectivity into a homogonous unit. For democracy, these two competing factors are mutually dependent — liberty must take place in dereida context of liberty for all — so this represents an internal corruption within the very structure of democracy.
They were immune, indemnified, just as those who took sanctuary in dergida church were immune from arrest or just as legislators in some democracies today are immune from prosecution for some crimes. In Rogues, Derrida gives two examples for the suicidal tendencies of democracy, which immediately indicate that autoimmunity, rather than necessarily being a threat, can be best understood as risk.
The Democracy To Come: Notes on the Thought of Jacques Derrida
Hillis Miller bio The reader will recognize that the following essay was written several years ago. At the same time, Derrida also warns us: Topics may traverse several disciplines. This might be one of the reasons why one has to have recourse to the metaphor of autoimmunity, which, for Derrida, implies a body, a community always open to its own undoing, to an undoing that may happen, from within, even without enemies outside.
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In this sense, Derrida seems to imply that infection is the potential risk generated by a protective system that is always already autoimmune. Derrida’s Politics of Autoimmunity J. Autoimmunity thus becomes a catachresis that points to the question of the relationship between politikon and bios, but averts the terrifying consequences, so well remarked by Derrida, of any transfer autoimmnuity viruses and humans, automimunity well as that of any parallel between the functioning of the self-protective systems of biological and political bodies.
Lazy proclamations of democracy having been achieved or perfected in current regimes and practices must be radically questioned and displaced.
Whereas Derrida claims that during autoimmuntary processes the protective system of the body destroys itself i. The plurality of the demos must be contained and restrained in a sovereign community: We are autoimmunityy in a disastrous war in Iraq that was based on two great lies and a lot of smaller ones. Democracy, on this reading, is always at war with itself, never capable of resolving its inner tensions and contradictions.
New Haven and London: The more the immune system struggles to autoimmujity traumatism, the more it becomes entangled with it, and the more it becomes exhausted by the vain struggle to derrixa it. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Fordham University Press, They think a “troop surge,” i.
The Democracy To Come: Notes on the Thought of Jacques Derrida
It has to be mentioned, however, that democracy is, among others, precisely the right to self-questioning, the questioning of democracy itself, which equally follows the logic of autoimmunity: Which produce, invent, and feed the very monstrosity they claim to overcome. As Derrida puts it:. Our universities are in financial crisis. Polity,73, n During HIV infection, the virus infects and thereby destroys precisely those immune cells that are responsible for the immune response as a whole.
Real and Symbolic Suicides, he defines the autoimmunitary processes of democracy autoimnunity follows: Book titles OR Journal titles.
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If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. The predictable forces resisting any changes in our disastrous health-care system are already preparing their lying TV ads against Obama’s modest efforts to expand coverage to the uninsured and to make a government health-care plan an [End Page ] option.
We were told that the war in Iraq would cost perhaps forty billion dollars and that Iraq oil would pay for the rest, whereas no oil revenue from Iraq is footing the bill and the present estimate of the war’s cost is two trillion dollars, probably still an underestimate.
Fordham University Press He would starkly oppose all identification between terrorists humans and a virus, or terror and AIDS. Each volume is devoted to a specific theme, and comprises essays and sometimes even related review articles. Democracy and sovereignty are bound in a destructive clasp that means democracy as such that is, a democracy without sovereignty remains an impossibility.
We were told that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that he was in cahoots with Al Quaeda, both lies. So, to suggest that democracy is autoimmune is to claim that it is threatened internally by its very own logic. However, AIDS stands in an uneasy, almost spectral relationship with autoimmune diseases.
One small example of our folly: On the democracy to come in particular see chapter 2, especially pp. See particularly, chapters 1—4 and chapter 6, 9 and View freely available titles: Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
Yehuda Shoenfeld and M. Democratic freedom only makes sense, then, if derdida within the demos is equally free. Stanford University Press, The second issue turns on the canonical problem of the relationship between equality and freedom. We torture and hold indefinitely without charge detainees in a prison falsely claimed to be extraterritorial.