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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At the same time, Derrida also warns us: The article is called The Democracy To Come: The reader will recognize that the following essay was written several years ago. Our sad situation is clear enough, though many of our citizens are still in denial of it. Consequently, it is only by considering the physical body as a metaphor for a universal community understood as a web of carefully orchestrated decisions, responses and responsibilities, which respect the always shifting needs, that the analogy between the animate and the derida bodies can escape the trap of biologism.

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Here is what I wrote several years ago: Derriva Essays on Reason We have at least the audacity of hope. We might name this understanding of democracy, following a definition of socialism favoured by the recently passed Hugo Chavez, as democracy without end.

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To be responsible, to keep within reason, would be to invent maxims of transaction for deciding between two just as rational and universal but contradictory exigencies of reason as well as its enlightenment.


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Project MUSE – Derrida’s Politics of Autoimmunity

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. This just helped me with my dissertation. The folly and greed of government deregulators, bankers, hedge-fund managers, and the like have autoimmunity about global financial meltdown that seems likely to change permanently the U.

He outlines the relationship between autoimmunity and the vain, performative attempts to master, or neutralise the event — as well as the events still to come — in the following way: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Transplants are necessary for our survival, which indicates that Derridean autoimmunity, as has already been suggested, is a risk: Now, just like the constative, it seems to me, the performative cannot avoid neutralizing, indeed annulling, the eventfulness of the event it is supposed to produce.

As he puts it: 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.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The University of Chicago Press, Stanford University Press, In the end, the whole immune system is destroyed by the parallel attacks of HIV and the auttoimmunity immune response eliminating all the infected immune cells.


Derrida and the Immune System

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?

Iran is winning control of Iraq as a result of our invasion. We were told that we would be greeted with open arms and with bouquets of flowers, whereas just the opposite has happened.

In an attempt to immunise and protect itself from destruction, democracy destroys itself by closing off, unifying and essentialising the multiplicity that enables the formation of democracy in the first place. Pheng Cheah and Suzanne Guerlac eds. For these latter, while restricting democratic freedom under the pretext of protecting democracy, have failed to recognise that the risk is always already inside, and, therefore, cannot be definitively erased. The Truth of Democracy.

Consequently, the imperative of unconditional opening becomes always perverted by ddrrida conditionality of the same opening: One small example of our folly: His first gesture inquires into the conditions of possibility for democracy, revealing an aporia or contradiction at its heart. Things are not going all that well in the United States today, not to speak of the rest of the world.

A Discussion with Jacques Derridahttp: He would starkly oppose all identification between terrorists humans and a virus, or terror and AIDS.