Chimerism and immunitas: the emergence of a posthumanist biophilosophy
2015 (English)In: Resisting Biopolitics : Philosophical, Political and Performative Strategies / [ed] S. Wilmer and A. Zukauskaite, New York: Routledge , 2015, 95-109 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
The chapter draws on biomedical research, including my own around organ transplantation, to look specifically at how the event of (micro)chimerism contests the discourse of the self’s immunity to the other. In the face of a socio-cultural imaginary that insists on the singularity of the human, the authorised discourse remains, nevertheless, largely unchanged, stressing the importance of securing immunity not only in biomedicine - where the search is for a functional explanation of (micro)chimerism that will preserve the status quo - but also in biopolitics. I speculate on the problematic in a way that turns to Esposito's thinking of immunitas and to the Deleuzian concept of assemblage as a better model for organic life, including human life.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge , 2015. 95-109 p.
, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, 71
chimerism, immune system, biopolitics, Esposito
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120322ISBN: 978-1-138-78948-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120322DiVA: diva2:843718