Terrorism and trauma: Negotiating Derridean 'autoimmunity'

La Caze, Marguerite (2011) Terrorism and trauma: Negotiating Derridean 'autoimmunity'. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 37 5: 605-620. doi:10.1177/0191453711399253

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Author La Caze, Marguerite
Title Terrorism and trauma: Negotiating Derridean 'autoimmunity'
Journal name Philosophy and Social Criticism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-4537
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0191453711399253
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Issue 5
Start page 605
End page 620
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract I begin by examining the logic of autoimmunity as characterized by Jacques Derrida, ‘that strange behaviour where a living being, in quasi-suicidal fashion, ‘‘itself’’ works to destroy its own protection, to immunize itself against its own immunity’ (Borradori, 2003: 94). According to Derrida, religion, democracy, terrorism and recent responses to the trauma of terrorism can be understood in terms of this logic. Responses to terrorism are ‘autoimmune’ and increase the trauma of terrorism as well as risking democratic values. I argue that the risks of autoimmunity can be negotiated in better ways if we see how autoimmunity relates to another important Derridean concept, hospitality.
Keyword Autoimmunity
Jacques Derrida
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 14 Mar 2012, 11:11:45 EST by Dr Marguerite La Caze on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry