The Parasite

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  • Copyright: 2007-05-25
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
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Influential philosopher Michel Serresrs"s foundational work uses fable to explore how human relations are identical to that of the parasite to the host body. Among Serresrs"s arguments is that by being pests, minor groups can become major players in public dialogue-creating diversity and complexity vital to human life and thought. Michel Serres is professor in history of science at the Sorbonne, professor of Romance languages at Stanford University, and author of several books, includingGenesis. Lawrence R. Schehr is professor of French at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. His books includeZoontologies: The Question of the Animal(Minnesota, 2003).

Author Biography

Michel Serres is professor in history of science at the Sorbonne, professor of Romance languages at Stanford University

Table of Contents

Translator's Prefacep. vii
Translator's Introductionp. ix
Introduction to the New Edition Bring the Noise: The Parasite and the Multiple Genealogies of Posthumanismp. xi
Interrupted Meals
Rats' Meals
Cascadesp. 3
Satyrs' Meals
Host/Guestp. 15
Diminishing Returns
The Obscure and the Confusedp. 17
Decisions, Indecisions
The Excluded Third, Includedp. 22
The Lion's Share
The Simple Arrowp. 26
Athlete's Meals
Difference and the Construction of the Realp. 28
Picaresques and Cybernetics
The New Balancep. 34
Pentecostp. 40
More Interrupted Meals
Technique, Work
Rats' Dinner
Diode, Triodep. 51
Logic of the Fuzzyp. 56
The Master and the Counter-Masterp. 58
More Rats' Meals
Machines and Enginesp. 61
The Means, the Milieup. 66
Spaces of Transformationp. 71
Lunar Mealsp. 74
Meals of the Lord in Paradisep. 77
Workp. 86
Insects' Mealsp. 91
Energy, Informationp. 94
The Gods, the Perpetual Hostp. 98
Interlude Full-Length Portrait of the Parasite
Confessed Mealsp. 103
Jean-Jacques, Lawmaker's Judgep. 116
Noisesp. 121
Musicp. 129
Fat Cows and Lean Cows
Salad Meals
Stercoral Origin of Property Rightsp. 139
Meals of Satire
Exchange of Money, the Exact and the Fuzzyp. 147
Meals among Brothers
Theory of the Jokerp. 155
Meals of Chestnuts
The Sun and the Signp. 165
The Cows Come out of the River
Stocksp. 175
Cows Eat Cows
Theory of the Linep. 182
The Best Definitionp. 190
Of Sickness in Generalp. 197
Midnight Suppers
Impostors' Meals
Analyze, Paralyze, Catalyzep. 201
The Proper Name of the Host
Masters and Slavesp. 209
Theory of the Quasi-Object 224
The Empty Table
On Lovep. 235
The Devil
On Lovep. 246
The Worst Definitionp. 252
Stories, Animalsp. 255
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