The Infanticidal Logic of Evolution and Culture

The Infanticidal Logic of Evolution and Culture

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This book argues that, because existence costs (the two words are cognates), any living thing must economize--shift more of its energy costs onto the world, including other living things, than its competitors are able to; that to economize is therefore to engage in exchanges that are sacrificial at their core; and that such economization is infanticidal in its ultimate implications. The opening chapters delineate the infanticidal ramifications of the central concepts of evolutionary biology (for example, the concepts of adaptation and reproductive fitness). Succeeding chapters show how texts foundational to western culture--Genesis, the Odyssey, Oedipus the King, the Gospel of John--have attempted to demystify the cultural practices that repress the recognition of the infanticidal horizon to biological existence. The final chapter shows how four contemporary American science fiction films (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Matrix, and Alien Resurrection) struggle against the infanticidal critique at work in the Judeo-Christian and Greek traditions.The answer, of course, is Man, who aquot;crawls on all fours as an infant, stands firmly on his two feet in his youth, and leans ... prime of life but maimed since childhood and hence a#39;three-footeda#39; before his time saw in himself the riddlea#39;s answer. ... She embodies in both her form and lineage the wrong answer to her own question.

Title:The Infanticidal Logic of Evolution and Culture
Author:A. Samuel Kimball
Publisher:University of Delaware Press - 2007-01-01


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