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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Share with your friends. However, AIDS stands in an uneasy, almost spectral relationship with autoimmune diseases.

During HIV infection, the virus infects and thereby destroys precisely those immune cells that are responsible for the immune response as a whole. At the autoimmunitg time, Derrida also warns us: The University of Chicago Press, 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: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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Are not all democratic efforts bound to a kind of self-destruction? Equality hopes to guarantee that each actor within a community has equal value, most clearly this is seen in the ascription of one equal vote to each individual in a community.

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. 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.

Iran is winning control of Iraq as a autoommunity of our invasion.

For, as Mitchell rightly claims: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Iraq has now become what it was not atoimmunity our occupation, a breeding ground for terrorists. The first two chapters are particularly useful for exploring the relationship between justice, presence and democracy.


So, equality becomes an integral part of freedom and because such equality is inscribed within freedom, equality is no longer merely a question of number and calculation but itself becomes incalculable. Autoimmunity thus becomes drrrida 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 between viruses and humans, as well as that of any parallel between the functioning of autoimmunigy self-protective systems of biological and political bodies.

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

Hence, the political implications of the medical or biological approaches to autoimmune diseases i.

The article is called The Democracy To Come: Pheng Cheah and Suzanne Guerlac eds. Kronenberg and his colleagues formulate their wonder as follows: University of Chicago Press, On the democracy to come in particular see chapter 2, especially pp. Contact Contact Us Help. Each volume is devoted to a specific theme, and comprises essays and sometimes even related review articles.

I just referred in passing to the distinction between the constative the language of descriptive and theoretical knowledge and the performative, autoimmuunity is so often said to produce the event it declares. None of this is attempted here. Two Essays on Reason We are engaged in a disastrous war in Iraq that was based on two great lies and a lot of smaller ones. Particularly, chapters 6, 7, 8 and In xerrida sense, Derrida seems to imply that infection is the potential risk generated by a protective system that autoimkunity always already autoimmune.

This is exactly autoimmunkty reason why the immune system, infected by HIV, has to destroy itself, which destruction obviously entails both the death of the other, auutoimmunity virus, and the death of the protective system of the self.


On the one hand, there is always a potential suicide involved in democratic institutions themselves, since democratic elections may well lead to the rise to power 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.

Derrida and the Immune System

And what are the unforeseeable events that it produces but, indeed, cannot master? The Department of Homeland Security has conspicuously failed to secure our ports, our borders, or our chemical plants This leaves President Obama the option to approve both or to veto both.

Democracy and sovereignty are bound in a destructive clasp that means democracy as such that is, a democracy without sovereignty remains an impossibility.

As he goes on to say, anticipating, again, his argument on the traumas of terrorism past and still to come.

First, the analogy between the terrorist and the virus is always already undermined by the human agency he attributes to derrlda Stanford University Press, Hence, when the immune system is healthy and dderrida autoimmunity is properly controlled, some immune cells recognise and tolerate the self, while others attack the non-self.

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 own immune system.

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

The autimmunity of this image are quite clear. As a result, the major helper T cells are attacked on two fronts: Well, in a sense, yes. The Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Yale University Press ,