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Autonomy, Autoimmunity, and the Stretch Limo

Michael Naas

in Derrida From Now On

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229581
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229581.003.0009

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Autonomy, Autoimmunity, and the Stretch             Limo

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This chapter uses Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis to explain ideas enclosed in Derrida's work about identity and autoimmunity. Cosmopolis illustrates what Derrida argued in many texts, namely, the essential self-destruction or autoimmunity of every auto as a self-affirming identity. The autos at the center of DeLillo's novel relate to the automobile, in this sense, a super-stretch limousine.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; automobile; autonomy; autoimmunity; Cosmopolis; Don DeLillo; autos

Chapter.  9222 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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