Toward a Hermeneutics of Generational Difference
This chapter reflects on the hermeneutic circle of the umbilical scar, which marks our belonging to an other, as vulnerable, generated, and generational. Though philosophical and theological traditions have reflected on the navel, none fully account for the umbilical relationship in which the material body nurtures and grows the fetus rather than attacking it as foreign (as the standard understanding of the immune response would suggest). The author suggests that the “normal” martial understanding of immunology should be replaced by one of “permeable communities” that permit immigrants and others as long as they do not present a danger. This umbilical hermeneutics opens new possibilities for understanding generational difference and sexual difference, as well as political and social phenomena.
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