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Derrida's Politics of Autoimmunity

J. Hillis Miller

in For Derrida

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230334
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230334.003.0010
Derrida's Politics of             Autoimmunity

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This chapter argues that Derrida's political thought and political action can be put under the aegis of a series of key words or phrases. These might be called “aporias,” or oppositions without opposition. These include justice as against law, performative as against constative enunciations, faith as against knowledge, messianicity without messianism, the democracy to come, the new international, teletechnoeconomicoculturalmediatic globalization or, as Derrida prefers to call it, mondialisation, which might be translated as “worldwideification,” the instant of decision, duty, the event, sovereignty without sovereignty, promise, the wholly other, destinerrance, the “dangerous perhaps,” responsibility, irresponsibilisation, and, above all, the “terrifying” general logic of autoimmunization.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; political thought; political action

Chapter.  10643 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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