Selfhood, Immunity, and the Biological Imagination: The Thought of Frank Macfarlane Burnet

  title={Selfhood, Immunity, and the Biological Imagination: The Thought of Frank Macfarlane Burnet},
  author={Eileen Crist and Alfred I. Tauber},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
The language of self and nonself has had a prominent place inimmunology. This paper examines Frank Macfarlane Burnet's introductionof the language of selfhood into the science. The distinction betweenself and nonself was an integral part of Burnet's biological outlook– of his interest in the living organism in its totality, itsactivities, and interactions. We show the empirical and conceptualwork of the language of selfhood in the science. The relation betweenself and nonself tied into Burnet's… 
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