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Immunity in Context: Science and Society in Dialogue

Tauber, Alfred I. (2016) Immunity in Context: Science and Society in Dialogue. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31 (2). pp. 207-224. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Without disputing the richness of the original incarnation of the immune self – conceived in segregated terms and defended by immunity – this useful heuristic is undergoing transformation. A relational or dialectical orientation has supplemented this incarnation of selfhood from an exclusive focus on the defensive scenario to one that now accommodates more expansive ecological intercourse, one in which active tolerance allows for cooperative exchanges within both the internal and external environments. This revision that emphasizes communal relationships finds support in the social matrix. Just as the autonomous immune self found its own conceptual coordinates in modernist notions of personal identity, changing cultural values, revised notions of personal identity, and the vast growth of ecological awareness resonate with shifts in theorizing about immunity. Such correspondence highlights the ready movement of potent metaphors between the laboratory and its supporting culture.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Tauber, Alfred I.ait@bu.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: immunology; immunity; selfhood; immunization; ecology; individuality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 19:50
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 19:50
Item ID: 12182
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.14560
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: May 2016
Page Range: pp. 207-224
Volume: 31
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12182

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