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Deleuze and the Body$
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Laura Guillaume and Joe Hughes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638642

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638642.001.0001

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Time and Autopoiesis: The Organism Has No Future

Time and Autopoiesis: The Organism Has No Future

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Deleuze and the Body
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Claire Colebrook

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638642.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the autopoiesis of life and the future of organisms. It discusses various autopoietic theories of embodied life, and explains Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's claim that the experience of death is the essence of life. The chapter argues that these theories of embodiment, and autopoietic theory in particular, cannot account for unbounded and disembodied life because it is impossible to think of life which makes its way through the world without a thought of sustainability and which is blindly active and mutational.

Keywords:   autopoiesis, life, organisms, embodied life, autopoietic theories, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, death

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