Technologies of Life and Death
From Cloning to Capital Punishment
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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I would like to thank my research assistants over the last several years, Melinda Hall, Juliana Lewis, Alison Suen, and Erin Tarver, who went beyond the call of duty in helping me prepare this manuscript. Thanks to Elissa Marder and Steven Miller for helpful comments on an earlier draft; the book is better for their suggestions. Thanks to Kas Saghafi , organizer ...
Introduction: Moral Machines and Political Animals
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With advances in technoscience, it becomes increasingly diffi cult to distin-guish nature from culture, the grown from the made. Geneticists can enhance the DNA of almost any living creature, including human beings. Cloning is a reality, no longer just the stuff of science fi ction. New genetic engineering and organ transplantation technologies raise legal questions ...
o n eGenetic Engineering: Deconstructing Grown versus Made
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The young runner Caster Semenya was propelled into the international media spotlight when she won the women’s world championship 800-meter race in Berlin in 2009. Her instant stardom was not the result of her being the fastest runner in the world, but rather because her competitors “accused” her of being a man and not a woman. The eighteen-year-old reportedly ...
twoArtifi cial Insemination: Deconstructing Choice versus Chance
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Does one invent a child? If the child invents himself, is it as the specular invention of parental narcissism or is it as the other who, in speaking and responding, becomes the absolute invention, the irreducible transcendent of what is nearest, all the more heterogeneous and inventive in that it seems to respond to parental desire? The truth of the child, therefore, ...
t h r e eGirl Powered: Poetic Majesty against Sovereign Majesty
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Recently we’ve seen a growing fascination with girls and wolves, whether it is the virgin high-schooler Bella Swan from Twilight, whose best friend turns out to be a werewolf, or sixteen-year-old virgin Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, who hunts and kills wild dogs and other wild animals to feed her family and to have meat to trade for supplies, and is ...
f o u rRearview Mirror: Art, Violence, and Sublimation
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Athena invented the rear-view mirror, which allows us to face the horror, not face to face, but beginning from the duplicate, the simulacrum.If we interpret deconstruction as a form of translation as transference, we have moved into the territory of psychoanalysis. Indeed, if poetic majesty acts to unseat sovereign majesty through the cut that carries with it rebirth, ...
f i v eElephant Autopsy: Optic Machinery andthe Scale of Sovereignty
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One thinks of this elephenomenelephant that was no longer looking at them but could have seen them, with its own eyes seen the king see it in Derrida asks us to read (hear) his seminar The Beast and the Sovereign as a fable, similar to the fables of La Fontaine that punctuates the text. Just as La Fontaine’s fables often employ two (or more) characters—animals—...
s i xDeadly Devices: Animals, Capital Punishment,and the Scope of Sovereignty
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Tennyson’s agonizing line—“Nature red in tooth and claw”—tends, especially in these days of world-wide human carnage, to make one see the whole animal kingdom with blood-dripping claws and jaws. But it is not so. . . . Nature as seen in animal life is sanguinary, but only Can animals be sentenced to death? Can they be assassinated, or become ...
s e v e nDeath Penalties: Ethics, Politics,and the Unconscious of Sovereignty
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Insofar as Western philosophy, like Christianity, begins with a scene of capital punishment—that of Socrates being sentenced and put to death—doesn’t it also have its beginnings in the death penalty? Derrida answers that philosophers from Kant to Levinas justify the death penalty and “just” wars on the basis of lex talionis, which takes us back not only to its ...
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...1. For general discussions of Derrida and technology and discussions of particular technologies in Derrida, see Clough 2000, Lafontaine 2007, Naas 2010 (he discusses photography), and Prenowtiz 2008 (he discusses the 2. Indeed, in his later work, Derrida talks about the proximity of Christian fundamentalism’s abhorrence of abortion and insistence on capital punishment. ...
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Agamben, Giorgio. 2004. The Open: Man and Animal. Translated by Kevin Atell. Applebaum, David. 2009. Jacques Derrida’s Ghost: A Conjuration. New York: State Aristotle. 2005. Physics I–IV. Translated by P. H. Wicksteed. Loeb Classical Library. Attridge, Derek. 2004. The Singularity of Literature. New York: Routledge.———. 2007. “The Art of the Impossible? ” In The Politics of Deconstruction: Jacques ...
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