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By Ed Cohen

ISBN-10: 0822345188

ISBN-13: 9780822345183

ISBN-10: 0822345358

ISBN-13: 9780822345350

Biological immunity as we all know it doesn't exist until eventually the past due 19th century. Nor does the basis that organisms safeguard themselves on the mobile or molecular degrees. for almost thousand years “immunity,” a criminal thought invented in old Rome, serves nearly solely political and juridical ends. “Self-defense” additionally originates in a juridico-political context; it emerges within the mid-seventeenth century, in the course of the English Civil struggle, whilst Thomas Hobbes defines it because the first “natural right.” within the Eighteen Eighties and Nineties, biomedicine fuses those political precepts into one, making a new important functionality, “immunity-as-defense.” In A physique worthy Defending, Ed Cohen unearths the unacknowledged political, monetary, and philosophical assumptions in regards to the human physique that biomedicine contains whilst it recruits immunity to defend the weak residing organism.

Inspired through Michel Foucault’s writings approximately biopolitics and biopower, Cohen strains the migration of immunity from politics and legislation into the domain names of drugs and technological know-how. delivering a family tree of the idea that, he illuminates a posh of wondering glossy our bodies that percolates via eu political, criminal, philosophical, fiscal, governmental, medical, and scientific discourses from the mid-seventeenth century during the 20th. He exhibits that by means of the past due 19th century, “the physique” actually incarnates sleek notions of personhood. during this vigorous cultural rumination, Cohen argues that via embracing the assumption of immunity-as-defense so solely, biomedicine naturalizes the person because the privileged concentration for picking out and treating disorder, thereby devaluing or obscuring methods to therapeutic located inside groups or collectives.

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