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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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Verrida me of new posts by email. As a result, the major helper T cells are attacked on two fronts: The reader will recognize that the following essay was written several years ago. The first two chapters are particularly useful for exploring the relationship between justice, presence and democracy.

Derrida and the Immune System

He would starkly oppose autoimmunoty identification between terrorists humans and a virus, or terror and AIDS. To be more specific, it could well include the banishment, or deportation of elements considered as non-self. According to the latest findings of immunology, the processes of natural autoimmunity indicate that the binary between self-protection and auto-destruction is untenable.

His first gesture inquires into the conditions of possibility for democracy, revealing an aporia or contradiction at its heart. Derrida suggests that in order for democracy, understood quite literally autoimjunity the rule cratos of the people demosto have any discernable effect in ruling it must rely on some form of sovereignty.


Learn how your comment data is processed. Two Essays on Reason At the same derdida, low level self-reactive immune cells also play a role in surveilling uncontrolled cell growth, and may thus reduce the incidence of cancer.

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

In striving to protect itself and derrira its dominance through a co-option of sovereignty, democracy suffers from an autoimmune self-destruction. In a plea for the unconditional renunciation of sovereignty in the democracy to come, Derrida discusses the autoimmune vulnerability of juridical performatives as follows:. Topics may traverse several disciplines. Book titles OR Journal titles. Or, as Cohen puts it: 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.


We have at least the audacity of hope. Each volume is devoted to a specific theme, and comprises essays and sometimes even related review articles.

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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.

They think a “troop surge,” i. In the end, the whole immune system is destroyed by the parallel attacks of HIV and the specific immune response eliminating all the infected immune cells.

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.


On the one hand, there is always a potential suicide involved in democratic institutions themselves, since democratic elections may well automimunity to the rise to autoijmunity of anti-democratic forces that thus gain the right to put an end to the very institutions that made their victory possible in the first place.

Amsterdam, It must touch an exposed vulnerability, one without absolute immunity, without indemnity; it must touch this vulnerability in its finitude and in a nonhorizontal fashion, there where it is not yet or is already no longer possible to face or face up to the unforeseeability of the other. The efficacy of democracy relies on sovereignty: On the other hand, democracy can always, temporarily, suspend itself in order to protect itself following the logic of autoimmunityand prevent the rise to power of such anti-democratic forces.

Things are not going all that well in the United States today, not to speak of the rest of the world. Derirda folly and greed of government deregulators, bankers, hedge-fund managers, and the like have brought about global financial meltdown that seems likely to change permanently the U. And whilst offering no normative guidance or assurances, Derrida does point to a necessary restlessness at the heart of democracy, the urgency of the need for ongoing work and engagement.