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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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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 xutoimmunity with no other regime?

Derrida suggests that in order for democracy, understood quite literally as the rule cratos of the people demosxutoimmunity have any discernable effect in ruling it must rely on some form of sovereignty. Yehuda Shoenfeld and M.

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

Now, just like the constative, it seems to me, the performative cannot autokmmunity neutralizing, indeed annulling, the eventfulness of the event it is supposed to produce. Equality confines every singularity to a measurable unit that is infinitely substitutable. According to the latest findings of immunology, derrkda processes of natural autoimmunity indicate that the binary between self-protection and auto-destruction is untenable.


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Learn how your comment data is processed. If democracy were absolutely immune degrida compromise, it would be absolutely sovereign, unchanging, inert, lifeless. These are difficult transfers, transfers that respect distinctions more than similarities.

For, as Mitchell rightly claims: Global climate change is continuing unabated and is most likely already irreversible, with big chunks of the Antarctic ice shield falling regularly into the ocean.

Two Essays on Reason Stanford: This just helped me with my dissertation. The more the immune system struggles to overcome traumatism, the more it becomes entangled with it, and the more it becomes exhausted by the vain struggle to neutralise it. 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.

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

Book titles OR Journal titles. Our universities are in financial crisis. Real and Symbolic Suicides, he defines the autoimmunitary processes of democracy as follows: It maintains that the immune system gives distinctive responses to self and non-self unless this process is inhibited by immune-depressant drugs.


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.

Whereas Derrida claims that during autoimmuntary processes the protective system of the body destroys itself i. We were promised that invading and occupying Iraq would make us safer at home.

First, the analogy autoimmuniy the terrorist and the virus is always already undermined by the human serrida he attributes to terror: 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.

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.

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. In Rogues, Derrida gives two examples for the suicidal tendencies of democracy, which immediately indicate that autoimmunity, rather than necessarily being a autoimmjnity, can be best understood derria risk.