The reproduction of life death : Derrida's La vie la mort /

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Author / Creator:McCance, Dawne, 1944- author.
Edition:First edition.
Imprint:New York : Fordham University Press, 2019.
©2019
Description:xii, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Language:English
Subject:Derrida, Jacques. -- Vie la mort.
Life.
Death.
Death.
Life.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11914858
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ISBN:9780823283903
0823283909
9780823283910
0823283917
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-185) and index.
Summary:Based on archival translations of Derrida's as-yet untapped (1975-76) La vie la mort seminar, McCance's Derrida and life death offers an unprecedented study of Derrida's engagement both with the logic of reproduction held by 1970s molecular biology and genetics and with reproductivity as theorized and performed by Freud in Beyond the Pleasure Principle.
Other form:Electronic version: McCance, Dawne, 1944- Reproduction of life death. First edition. New York : Fordham University Press, 2019 9780823283934
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During the 1975-76 academic year, Jacques Derrida delivered a seminar, La vie la mort ( Life Death ), at the École normale supérieure, in Paris. Based on archival translations of this untapped but soon-to-be-published seminar, The Reproduction of Life Death offers an unprecedented study of Derrida's engagement with molecular biology and genetics, particularly the work of the biologist François Jacob.
Structured as an itinerary of "three rings," each departing from and coming back to Nietzsche, Derrida's seminar ties Jacob's logocentric account of reproduction to the reproductive program of teaching that characterizes the academic institution, challenging this mode of teaching as auto-reproduction along with the concept of "academic freedom" on which it is based. McCance also brings Derrida's critique of Jacob's theory of auto-reproduction together with his reading of reproductivity, the tendency to repeat-reproduce, that is theorized and enacted in Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle . The book further shows how Derrida's account of life death relates to his writings on autobiography and the signature and to such later concerns as the question of the animal.
McCance brings extensive archival research together with a deep knowledge of Derrida's work a background in genetics to offer a fascinating new account of an encounter between philosophy and the hard sciences that will be of interest to theorists in a wide range of disciplines concerned with the question of life.

Physical Description:xii, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-185) and index.
ISBN:9780823283903
0823283909
9780823283910
0823283917