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The Reproduction of Life DeathDerrida's La vie la mort$
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Dawne McCance

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823283910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823283910.001.0001

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The Reproduction of Life Death
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Dawne McCance

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823283910.003.0002

Derrida’s performative reading of François Jacob’s account of DNA reproduction in The Logic of the Living focuses on Jacob’s interpretation of DNA as a logocentric text, one that is essentially without survival value. In line with other modern biologists, Jacob confuses metaphor and concept. He also looks forward to man’s “cerebral” (eugenic) control over evolution.

Keywords:   biology, deoxyribonucleic acid, genetics, inheritance, logocentrism, oppositional logic, philosophy, reproduction, sexual difference

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