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SecurityPolitics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care$
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John T. Hamilton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157528

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157528.001.0001

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Security Studies and Philology

Security Studies and Philology

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John T. Hamilton

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the changing modalities, valuations, and iterations of security and care in the hope of offering some insight into what is gained and what is lost when care, however conceived, is removed. The approach used is admittedly episodic, almost kaleidoscopic, and resists formulating a single, overarching narrative. This choice is again motivated by a philological ideal, one committed to historicity without falling into the temptation of constructing a grand, teleologically driven history. As Edward Said has argued, philology is above all a technique that should disrupt or erupt universal, traditionally “humanist” verities by engaging in what we could describe as a more human humanism—namely, a humanism understood as a process within historical contingency, “as an ongoing practice and not as a possession.” Philology thus stands to supplant not only the idealized subject but also any species of post-structuralist, lifeless subjects with a vital, insecurable sense of humanity.

Keywords:   security, care, philology, historicity, humanity

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