Time and Autopoiesis: The Organism Has No Future

Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and the Body

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638642
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652679 | DOI:
Time and Autopoiesis: The Organism Has No Future

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This chapter focuses on the autopoiesis of life and the future of organisms. It discusses various autopoietic theories of embodied life, and explains Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's claim that the experience of death is the essence of life. The chapter argues that these theories of embodiment, and autopoietic theory in particular, cannot account for unbounded and disembodied life because it is impossible to think of life which makes its way through the world without a thought of sustainability and which is blindly active and mutational.

Keywords: autopoiesis; life; organisms; embodied life; autopoietic theories; Gilles Deleuze; Felix Guattari; death

Chapter.  9114 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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