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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Things are not going all that well in the United States today, not to speak of the rest of the world. If an event worthy of this name is to arrive or happen, it must, beyond all mastery, affect a passivity. 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.

Secondly, the fact that the virus keeps mutating and remutating all along, in an unforeseeable, incalculable way, and without ever being identifiable once and for all, parallels the unidentifiable, anonymous character of terror.

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Project MUSE – Derrida and the Autoimmunity of Democracy

Book titles OR Journal titles. Transplants are necessary for our survival, which indicates that Derridean autoimmunity, as has already been suggested, is a risk: We might name this understanding of democracy, following a definition of socialism favoured by the recently passed Hugo Chavez, as democracy without end. We were told that Saddam Hussein rerrida weapons of mass destruction and that he was in cahoots with Al Quaeda, both lies.

Amsterdam, In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. These, in their turn, start to destroy those helper T cells that are infected by HIV.

Fordham University Press, Stanford University Press, Everything that could go wrong in Iraq has gone wrong. Real and Autoim,unity Suicides: Again, equality and freedom are two necessary but contradictory claims that unite in democracy.

See particularly, chapters 1—4 and chapter 6, 9 and Here is what I wrote several years ago: The autoimmuniary flaw to democracy is the very thing that opens the possibility of a democratic future. For, as Mitchell rightly claims: And what are autoimmubity unforeseeable events that it produces but, indeed, cannot master?

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

Still, as has been suggested all along, the metaphorical transfers between the processes of biological body and those of the political community are far from being easy ones. Two Essays on Reason But no thing and no one happens or arrives without it.


We are now the object of widespread hatred, distrust, and disdain, in part because we are a rogue state that ignores international law and the Geneva convention, to say nothing of our own Constitution.

Unconditional hospitality exceeds juridical, political, or economic calculation. Interviews, —edited by Elisabeth Weber. Hence, when the immune system is healthy and natural autoimmunity is properly controlled, some immune cells recognise and tolerate derrlda self, while others attack the non-self.

These are difficult transfers, transfers that respect distinctions more than similarities. Notify me of new posts by email.

Derrida and the Immune System

There is no virus without the immune cells that act as hosts, in other words, there is no other without the self. We are engaged in a disastrous war in Iraq that was based on two great lies and a lot of smaller ones. At the same time, autoimmunity not only entails the potential destruction of the protection of the self as both the object and the subject of the suicidal event and of the events still to comebut it is also something that has always already compromised the supposed integrity, or else, ipseity of the self.