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Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture

Irina Aristarkhova


The question “Where do we come from?” has fascinated philosophers, scientists, and artists for generations. This book reorients the question of the matrix as a place where everything comes from (chora, womb, incubator) by recasting it in terms of acts of “matrixial/maternal hospitality” producing space and matter of and for the other. This book theorizes such hospitality with the potential to go beyond tolerance in understanding self/other relations. Building on and critically evaluating a wide range of historical and contemporary scholarship, it applies this theoretical framework to the scien ... More

Keywords: chora, womb, incubator, maternal, matrix, self, other, artificial womb, neonatal incubators, maternal body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231159296
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231159296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irina Aristarkhova, author