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The Parasite

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Influential philosopher Michel Serres’s foundational work uses fable to explore how human relations are identical to that of the parasite to the host body. Among Serres’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.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 25th 2007 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 17th 1980)
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Γιώργος Μπέλκος
Εξαιρετικό!! Ιδιοφυές!!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it

okay THIS was actually interesting to read - give me parasites and metaphors and philosophy not literal nonfictional scientific facts about mosquitoes, thanks
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Terence Blake
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre inaugure une nouvelle phase dans l’œuvre de Michel Serres, après sa série des cinq HERMÈS, où il abandonne le style universitaire trop "conceptuel" pour parler par images et par personnages inventés. Publié en 1980, le livre garde toute sa pertinence à la pensée actuelle et au monde contemporain. Michel Serres part d'une vision négative du parasite, qui "prend et ne donne rien". Le parasite doit donc être exclu, autant que possible, pour maintenir l'ordre
Char Tan
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book that needs multiple readings
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I use this book to think about strategies for change in all aspects of life.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is combined with thoughts on Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing's The Mushroom at the End of the World:
Michel Van Goethem
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Feb 19, 2015 added it
Run a few chapters thru trash brain === para-site—static. The leftover scraps, the waste of the taxfarmer’s dinner gives way to the gnawing and scurrying of the rats, a static in the household system. What eclipses waste is the sound-sign of its consumption, an irritant to the original consumer so that in Serres’ ontology it is only valuable to think of waste in parasitual terms. What metabolas will it attract, how will it change the direction their vectors? This is far from the idea that waste ...more
Wythe Marschall
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Serres can be unecessarily unclear at times, but overall this web of gems, this song of haiku, inherits the best of Deleuze and (really) Bataille. Who parasites whom? Interruption, static, and the drinking of the host's blood intermingle in the same space, as mythology and especially fable inform economy and a close reading of Rousseau. Worth the price of entry, philosophically.
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