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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We torture and hold indefinitely without charge detainees in a prison falsely claimed to be extraterritorial.

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

Whereas Derrida claims that during autoimmuntary processes the protective system of the body destroys itself i. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

It has to be mentioned, however, that democracy is, among others, precisely the right to self-questioning, the questioning of democracy itself, which equally follows the logic of autoimmunity: Stanford University Press, It maintains that the immune system gives distinctive responses to self and non-self unless this process is inhibited by immune-depressant drugs.

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.

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. They ask how it is possible that we generally remain tolerant to our own self tissues, how autoimmune processes are regulated, and how this regulation goes wrong in autoimmune diseases. The Department of Homeland Security has conspicuously failed to secure our ports, our borders, or our chemical plants Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.


Two Essays on Reason Stanford: However, Cohen is a leading figure in the latest development in the field, cf. Democracy and sovereignty are bound in a destructive clasp that means democracy as such that is, a democracy without sovereignty remains an impossibility.

We are engaged in a disastrous war in Iraq that was based on two great lies and a lot of smaller ones.

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As he puts it: The Politics of Deconstruction London: The Politics of Friendship London: Fordham Deerida Press, 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. Here is what I wrote several years ago: 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.

The first two chapters are particularly useful for exploring the relationship between justice, presence and democracy. Are not all democratic efforts bound to a kind of self-destruction? Which produce, invent, and feed the very monstrosity they claim to overcome.

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

This opening to the future, it must be stressed, is not blindly optimistic, as if there are only better, more democratic days ahead.

Real and Symbolic Suicides: He is escalating the war in Afghanistan. This just helped me with my dissertation.

For democracy, these two competing factors are mutually dependent — liberty must take place in the context of liberty for all — so this represents an internal corruption within the very structure of democracy.

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.

Correspondence is decision-making by committee. Lazy proclamations of democracy having been achieved or perfected in current regimes and practices must be radically questioned and displaced. 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 political bodies can escape the trap of biologism.


We were told that we would be greeted with open arms and with bouquets of flowers, whereas just the opposite has happened. Despite this double attack, the body could still gain victory over HIV infection, since the immune cells specific to the virus could very well eliminate all the infected helper T cells.

Fordham University Press, Consequently, the introduction of the figure of autoimmunity in the ethico-political discourse suggests that the political body always contains within itself the possibility of its own undoing.

According to immunologists, the basic function of the immune system is to fight off foreign microorganisms but tolerate self tissues.

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and derdida of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Derrida suggests that in order for democracy, understood quite literally dderrida the rule cratos of autoijmunity people demosto have any discernable effect in ruling it must rely on some form of sovereignty.

Democratic freedom only makes sense, then, if everyone within the demos is equally free. But no thing and no one happens or arrives without it.

Derrida and the Time of Life. None of this is attempted here.

For instance, democratic leaders in Algeria suspended the democratic elections to prevent the rise of an Islamist party that would have put an end to all democracy.