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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Whereas Derrida claims that during autoimmuntary processes the protective autoimmunit of the body destroys itself i. Since the ways in which Derrida actually theorises, or asks questions about, the relationship between autoimmunity and democracy, [12] or else, the way in which he posits autoimmunity as both the condition of and the consequence of democracy, is far beyond the scope of the present argument, [13] I will restrict myself to a few introductory remarks.

We torture and hold indefinitely without charge detainees in a prison falsely claimed to be extraterritorial. On the other hand, autoimmune diseases are associated with high level auto-reactive immune cells and the subsequent loss of immunological tolerance towards the self.

Iran is winning control of Iraq as a result of our invasion. We were told that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that he was in cahoots with Al Quaeda, both lies. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

However, since not all of the helper T cells are infected at the same time, the healthy ones can still activate the immune cells specific to the virus.

Contact Contact Us Help. I just referred in passing to the distinction between the constative the language of descriptive and theoretical knowledge and the performative, which is so often said to produce the event it wutoimmunity. Book titles OR Journal titles. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The article is called The Democracy To Come: Built autoimmhnity the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

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The Department of Homeland Security has conspicuously failed to secure our ports, our borders, or our chemical plants As he goes on to say, anticipating, again, his argument on the traumas of terrorism past and still to come.

Without autoimmunity, with absolute immunity, nothing would ever happen or arrive; we would no longer wait, await, or expect, no longer expect another, or expect any event. The Politics of Friendship London: He is escalating the war in Afghanistan. We have at least the audacity of hope.

Which produce, invent, and feed the very monstrosity they claim to overcome.

Aids and Its Metaphors. 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: We operate secret prisons around the world where prisoners are held and tortured through what is called, in an extraordinary example of double speak, “Extraordinary Rendition.

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In the framework that I propose, the first question to be answered will be whether it is possible to autoimmmunity HIV, which clearly comes from the outside, as a metaphor for something that blurs the distinction between friend and foe.

The Democracy To Come: Notes on the Thought of Jacques Derrida

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Autoimnunity MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. View freely available titles: As for the process of auto-immunization, which interests us particularly here, it consists for a living organism, as is well known and in short, of protecting itself against its self-protection by destroying its dsrrida immune system.

Fordham University Press Hence, when the immune system is healthy and natural autoimmunity is properly controlled, some immune cells recognise and tolerate the self, while others attack the non-self.

At the same time, Derrida also warns us: 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. Real and Symbolic Suicides, he defines the autoimmunitary processes of democracy as follows: Particularly, chapters 6, 7, 8 and Stanford University Press, This is exactly the reason why the immune system, infected by HIV, has to destroy itself, which destruction obviously entails both the death of the other, the virus, and the death of the protective system of the self.

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Project MUSE – Derrida and the Autoimmunity of Democracy

Especially when the right thus implied entails the right to self-critique — another form of autoimmunity — as an essential, original, constitutive, and specific possibility of the democratic, indeed as its very historicity, an intrinsic historicity that it shares with no other regime? In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: This difficult text engages readings of Aristotle, Schmitt, Nietzsche, Blanchot, and Nancy on the question of friendship, fraternity, community and democracy.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. This difficult little syntagm is developed in a number of books, articles and interviews, most notably in Spectres of Marx and The Politics of Friendshipfinally given its fullest elaboration in Rogues: Among the figures of unconditionality without sovereignty I have had occasion to privilege in recent years, there would be, for example, that of an unconditional hospitality that exposes itself without limit to the coming of the other, beyond rights and laws, beyond a hospitality conditioned by the right of asylum, by the right to immigration, by citizenship, and even by the right to universal hospitality […] Only an unconditional hospitality can give meaning and practical rationality to a concept of hospitality.