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Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Kelly Oliver


Debates over cloning and genetic engineering often revolve around the question of sovereignty and who has the right to choose. Debates over capital punishment revolve around questions of the sovereignty of the state to decide who lives and who dies. In this book, I complicate these discussions by introducing Jacques Derrida's challenges to the liberal conception of sovereignty. Developing, extending, and applying his critique, I reframe debates over life and death, from cloning to capital punishment, in the hopes of opening an alternative path through the thickets of these controversies. Combi ... More

Keywords: Derrida, Technology, death, reproduction, capital punishment, Kristeva, Art, Feminism, Deconstruction, animals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251087
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Oliver, author
Vanderbilt University