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Jean-Luc Nancy (1940-) was born in Caudéan near Bordeaux in France. During his studies at the Sorbonne, he worked closely with Canguilhem as well as Ricoeur, who supervised both his 1963 Master’s thesis on Hegel’s philosophy of religion and his 1973 PhD thesis on Kant’s analogical discourse. Shortly after graduating, Nancy joined the philosophy department at the Université des sciences humaines in Strasbourg, where he remained until his retirement in 2002. He has held visiting positions at the Freie Universität in Berlin and at UC Irvine, and is also a member of the faculty at the European Graduate School. Influenced by Derrida, his first books (some of which were written with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe), attempted to uncover the subject’s (and hence the system’s) failure at self-foundation. In the 1980s he became known for his work on community, which developed in dialogue with Blanchot and Bataille. Influenced by Heidegger, his concerns for a renewed thinking of being-with led him to rethink the concept of freedom and develop an ontology of what he calls “being singular plural.” Unlike Heidegger’s this ontology is essentially material or embodied. Like Heidegger, but also Marx and Nietzsche, he seeks to overcome nihilism by undermining the opposition between presence and absence, and between inside and outside. He finds resources for this project in a deconstructive engagement with monotheism. Many of his recent works are about politics and directly related to current events. Another growing interest of Nancy is art, not only its theory but also its practice. He has collaborated with choreographer Mathilde Monnier and has written texts and poems to accompany many artists’ works. At the beginning of the 1990s, he received a heart transplant, which he discusses in L’intrus.

Key works

Nancy’s most influential works, aside from his book on community (Nancy 1991), are The Experience of Freedom, The Sense of the World, Being Singular Plural, and the two volumes of Deconstruction of Christianity (Nancy 2010, Nancy 2008). Two collections of essays have also been published in English: Birth to Presence and A Finite Thinking. Other important texts include “The Forgetting of Philosophy” in Nancy 1997 (on meaning and nihilism), Corpus (on the body), The Muses and The Ground of the Image (on art) and The Truth of Democracy (on politics).

Introductions

Two comprehensive introductions to Jean-Luc Nancy’s thinking exist in English, Ian James's and Marie-Eve Morin's. Many interviews with Nancy are also published and provide a good entry point in Nancy’s thinking, for example Nancy 2003, Fabbri 2007 and Nancy 2007.

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  1. Reading Derrida Against Jean-Luc Nancy.Joshua Soffer - manuscript
    Jean-Luc Nancy would appear to have avoided the aura of conceptual determinativeness plaguing John Caputo's reading of Derrida. His rendering of the interweaving of experience is vigilant at depriving us of the ability to capture and possess a temporary presence in the event itself. In 'Elliptical Sense' (Research in Phenomenology,pp.175-190) and `Differance' (Sense of the World, pp.34-36) he thinks Derrida's quasi-transcendental as a being-singular-plural. But is Nancy's differential communication of events understanding itself as Derridean differance? Nancy himself reminds (Ellipsis34) that (...)
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  2. Scandalous Death.Jean Luc Nancy, Marie Eve Morin & Travis Holloway - forthcoming - Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities.
  3. At Any Rate.Jean-Luc Nancy, Marie Eve Morin & Travis Holloway - forthcoming - Philosophy Today.
    What does the word “value” mean? On the one hand, absolute value is an excellence that is beyond measure. On the other hand, value can also be interpreted as price, as what can be measured and exchanged. In both cases, value lies in relation and is of the same order as sense. But what is the relation between these two senses of value? And why is it so difficult to hold the two apart?
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  4. Nichts Jenseits des Nihilismus.Jean-Luc Nancy, Marie Eve Morin & Travis Holloway - forthcoming - Philosophy Today.
    Nihilism, as the absence of sense and goal, is the most familiar climate of the world in which we live. While this absence is often denounced, such denunciations remain subject to the logic they seemingly oppose. More than exhibiting the collapse of truth, however, nihilism revives our confrontation with “nothing.” The task is henceforth not to denounce nihilism but to think it. Such thinking is guided by Nietzsche’s highest thought: How does nihilism harbor its own excess?
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  5. Freedom Comes From the Outside.Jean-Luc Nancy, Marie Eve Morin & Travis Holloway - forthcoming - Philosophy Today.
    On the one hand, freedom is said to be the property of a subject. On the other, freedom only happens in the space of being-in-common. Freedom, then, is the place of a conflict between the “self” and the “with,” between independence or autonomy and dependence or sharing. Resolving this apparent antinomy requires showing how the with ontologically constitutes the self. This, in turn, allows for a rethinking of freedom beyond what liberal democracy and political economy have to offer, as the (...)
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  6. Jean-Luc Nancy’de Sosyo-Ontoloji ve Tekil-Çoğul Varlık Kavramı.Atilla Akalın - 2021 - Beytulhikme An International Journal of Philosophy 11 (3): 1273-1288.
    Jean-Luc Nancy takes the concept of "essence" in order to indicate its drawbacks on the singularity of being. The concept of essence is not a universal and necessary origin, but contingent and historical meanings for Nancy. This historicity in meaning leads Nancy to question the concept of the individual and the rules of the social/public sphere allocated through individuality. Nancy's argument on the ontological environment of finite beings aims to highlight those beings are mixed singular, not belonging to a universal (...)
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  7. Inuit Songs and Resonating Lyres: Harmony and Resonance in Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Inoperative Community.Krzysztof Skonieczny - 2021 - Substance 50 (1):182-196.
    In The Inoperative Community Jean-Luc Nancy suggests that his conception of speech as the cornerstone of community can be likened to the image of two Inuit women engaging in traditional vocal games (katajjaq). This article (1) elucidates this connection through the analysis of ethnographic and ethnomusicological data on katajjaq; (2) shows how the similarity of this image to that of two resonating lyres present in the works of the Renaissance philosopher Marsilio Ficino can be used to understand Nancy’s political philosophy (...)
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  8. Humor, Contempt, and the Exemption From Sense.Bryan Lueck - 2020 - Philosophy Today 64 (1):205-220.
    Building on the theory of humor advanced by Yves Cusset in his recent book Rire: Tractatus philo-comicus, I argue that we can understand the phenomenon in terms of what Jean-Luc Nancy, following Roland Barthes, has called the exemption from sense. I attempt to show how the humorous sensibility, understood in this way, is entirely incompatible with the experience of others as contemptible. I conclude by developing some of the normative implications of this, focusing specifically on the question whether it is (...)
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  9. Jean-Luc Nancy, Ego Sum: Corpus, Anima, Fabula, Translated by Marie-Eve Morin.James Griffith - 2019 - Derrida Today 12 (1):106-112.
    This is a review of Marie-Eve Morin's translation of Jean-Luc Nancy's "Ego Sum.".
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  10. Arendt and Nancy.Yasemin Sari - 2019 - Symposium 23 (1):235-259.
    In light of the recent political events, it is clear that democracy itself has come to be contested and modified in a plethora of democratic practices that have expanded the very articulation of equal citizenship. My argument in this article is twofold: first, I rearticulate Arendt’s conception of “revolution” found in her On Revolution by insisting on its “beginning” and “founding” dimensions for the appearance of freedom. Coupled with Jean-Luc Nancy’s insight into a “spirit of democracy” that does not reside (...)
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  11. Contempt, Community, and the Interruption of Sense.Bryan Lueck - 2017 - Critical Horizons 18 (2):154-167.
    In the early modern period, contempt emerged as a persistent theme in moral philosophy. Most of the moral philosophers of the period shared two basic commitments in their thinking about contempt. First, they argued that we understand the value of others in the morally appropriate way when we understand them from the perspective of the morally relevant community. And second, they argued that we are naturally inclined to judge others as contemptible, and that we must therefore interrupt that natural movement (...)
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  12. An Antihumanist Reinterpretation of the Philosophy of Singularity.Dilara Bilgisel - 2016 - Uludağ University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Journal of Philosophy 15 (27):245-261.
    This article takes a close look at the discussion of singularity in Jean-Luc Nancy’s Inoperative Community and Being Singular Plural with the aim to comment on subject-object dichotomy and create a new context for its relationship with resistance. The philosophy of singularity is critical of humanism and the individualist model of subjectivity it advocates. By placing a challenging scenario of antihumanism against the humanist sense of responsibility, the philosophy of singularity questions whether it is possible to do philosophy without saying (...)
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  13. Containing Community: From Political Economy to Ontology in Agamben, Esposito, and Nancy.Greg Bird - 2016 - SUNY Press.
    Community has been both celebrated and demonized as a fortress that shelters and defends its members from being exposed to difference. Instead of abandoning community as an antiquated model of relationships that is ill suited for our globalized world, this book turns to the writings of Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Jean-Luc Nancy in search for ways to rethink community in an open and inclusive manner. Greg Bird argues that a central piece of this task is found in how each (...)
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  14. Being Exposed to Love: The Death of God in Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy.Ashok Collins - 2016 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 80 (3):297-319.
    In this article I explore how a philosophical conception of love may be used to draw debate on the death of God beyond the binary opposition between theology and philosophy through a comparative study of the work of Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy. Although Marion’s reading of love—in both its theological and phenomenological guises—proposes an innovative phrasing of a non-metaphysical notion of divinity, I argue that it is ultimately unable to maintain its coherence in nominal discourse due to Marion’s insistence (...)
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  15. Overwriting the Body: Saint-Exupéry, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy.Eran Dorfman - 2016 - Continental Philosophy Review 49 (3):293-308.
    In this paper I examine two limit cases in which the body is threatened: the experience of emergency as described by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Flight to Arras, and the experience of illness as described by Jean-Luc Nancy in his autobiographical essay The Intruder. In the first case, the everyday relationship to the body is revealed to be illusionary; the body becomes a powerful yet obedient machine. In the second case, the everyday relationship to the body is also suspended, but this (...)
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  16. A Question of Listening: Nancean Resonance, Return and Relation in Charlie Chaplin.Carrie Giunta - 2016 - In Carrie Giunta & Adrienne Janus (eds.), Nancy and Visual Culture. Edinburgh University Press.
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  17. Nancy and Visual Culture.Carrie Giunta & Adrienne Janus (eds.) - 2016 - Edinburgh University Press.
    "In an exciting range of original responses to Nancy's work, these 12 essays reanimate the dialogue between interdisciplinary scholars and practicing artists that originally gave birth to visual culture as a field of study. A new translation of Nancy's essay, 'The Image: Mimesis and Methexis', reveals how Nancy's work informs, challenges and inspires our encounters with visual culture. Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the most original and compelling of those contemporary political and ethical philosophers who, like Jacques Ranciere and Alain (...)
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  18. Finite Community: Reading Jean-Jacques Rousseau with Jean-Luc Nancy.Kevin Inston - 2016 - The European Legacy 21 (2):184-204.
    Jean-Luc Nancy identifies Rousseau as the first to conceive community as a lost state of immediacy and transparency. Rousseau’s conception has allegedly shaped the western ideal of an immanent community. Nancy deconstructs that ideal, arguing that immanence would suppress community; its oneness would block the being-with which enables our ontological being-in-common. This article argues that Rousseau never posits a lost community but actually explores, like Nancy, the political closure of immanence. Man’s distinguishing trait of perfectibility, which renders him finite, always (...)
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  19. The Clinamen of Community: Duns Scotus's Political Ontology.Andrew LaZella - 2016 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30 (3):316-327.
    The conflagration of community stands as the “gravest and most painful testimony of the modern world.”1 So begins Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Inoperative Community. But as he quickly shows, it is not a return to a premodern communal intimacy that we should seek. The lost intimacy of community is a lost immanence. The question, instead, must be: Can absolute immanence be undone through community? “Community, or the being-ecstatic of Being itself? That would be the question.”2To answer this question, I turn to (...)
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  20. Courting Dissolution: Adumbration, Alterity, and the Dislocation of Sacrifice From Space to Image.Michael Lent - 2016 - Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.
    Michael Lent asks what role art has in colonisation and subsequent dissolution. He proposes a practice informed by the fatal strategies and 'raw' phenomenology of Jean Baudrillard as a challenge to a system of disappearance. Focusing on the otherness of space to prevent its ultimate dissolution, Lent promotes a spatial practice of radical alterity. Examining ideas of disappearance put forth by Baudrillard and Paul Virilio, he utilises art as a means for investigating loss of potentiality and experience through the representation (...)
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  21. Dignity at the Limit: Jean-Luc Nancy on the Possibility of Incommensurable Worth.Bryan Lueck - 2016 - Continental Philosophy Review 49 (3):309-323.
    Dignity, according to some recent arguments, is a useless concept, giving vague expression to moral intuitions that are better captured by other, better defined concepts. In this paper, I defend the concept of dignity against such skeptical arguments. I begin with a description of the defining features of the Kantian conception of dignity. I then examine one of the strongest arguments against that conception, advanced by Arthur Schopenhauer in On the Basis of Morality. After considering some standard accounts of dignity, (...)
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  22. Corps Propre or Corpus Corporum.Marie-Eve Morin - 2016 - Chiasmi International 18:333-351.
    This article seeks to situate Jean-Luc Nancy’s theory of embodiment in relation to Merleau-Ponty’s description of the lived body, especially as it is found in The Phenomenology of Perception. It shows that while both Nancy and Merleau-Ponty develop their view of the body through an engagement with Descartes, Nancy’s reappropriation of the Cartesian partes extra partes leads him to blur the distinction between corpus meum and alia corpora. By contrasting the radical fragmentation of Nancy’s body with the kind of unity (...)
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  23. Worlds Apart: Conversations Between Jacques Derrida & Jean-Luc Nancy.Marie-Eve Morin - 2016 - Derrida Today 9 (2):157-176.
    This article attempts to sort out the misunderstandings between Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy surrounding the question of the animal as they come to the fore in the conversations published in For Strasbourg. While Derrida finds the lack of animals in Nancy’s world puzzling, Nancy criticises Derrida’s blurring of the border between the human and the animal for inadvertently reinstating a scale or a difference, if not between humans and animals, at least between the living and the non-living. Though this (...)
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  24. Les Iris.Jean-Luc Nancy - 2016 - le Portique 36.
    Ce texte de Jean-Luc Nancy est une « divagation » pensante sur ce qu’évoquent les iris, ces fleurs dont le nom fait penser à celui d’un auteur qui a sans cesse joué avec ce type de consonances et de résonnances, entre les mots, les choses et les idées. Iris est une déesse qui importe à la philosophie : elle est la messagère des dieux, et comme un arc-en-ciel qui ne cesse de susciter l’étonnement. Nous sommes invités à emprunter quelques-unes de (...)
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  25. The Sense of Life – Jean-Luc Nancy and Emmanuel Lévinas.Nicole Paula Maria Note - 2016 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 47 (4):347-361.
    ABSTRACTMetaphysics has long been regarded as providing meaning to the world. Subsequent progressive replacement attempts of this narrative by a scientific approach have generally led to a view of life as being void of meaning. However, this has not affected the quest for meaning or for an understanding of this meaning, despite an increasing societal neglect of the importance of its pursuit. This article aims to contribute to a philosophical understanding of the sense of life in the world, drawing on (...)
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  26. Philosophy and the Patience of Film in Cavell and Nancy.Daniele Rugo - 2016 - Palgrave.
    With a foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy -/- Philosophy and the Patience of Film presents a comparative study of the work of Jean-Luc Nancy and Stanley Cavell. It discusses the effect of their philosophical engagement with film, and proposes that the interaction between philosophy and film produces a power of patience capable of turning our negation of the world into a relation with it. -/- Through detailed readings of cinematic works ranging from Hollywood classics to contemporary Iranian cinema, this book describes (...)
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  27. La Banalité Résiliente des Catastrophes : D’Après Fukushimade Jean-Luc Nancy.Yotetsu Tonaki - 2016 - Rue Descartes 88 (1):66.
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  28. Dancing Equality: Image, Imitation and Participation.Christopher Watkin - 2016 - In Carrie Giunta & Adrienne Janus (eds.), Nancy and Visual Culture. Edinburgh, UK: pp. 39-54.
    This chapter wagers that dance holds a singular, irreducible place in Nancy's work, that it cannot be reduced to thought about dance, and that it provides a way to understanding Nancy's approach to visual culture in general, to equality, and to the circulation of sense in terms of what he calls singular plural being. The chapter takes its starting point from Nancy's discussions of dance in the as yet untranslated Allitérations, a series of email exchanges from 2003 and 2004 followed (...)
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  29. Community, Immunity and the Proper: Roberto Esposito.Greg Bird & Jon Short (eds.) - 2015 - Routledge.
    It is widely apparent in our hyper-globalized world that the epistemologies, institutions, and practices underwriting it have reached a state of profound crisis. In the globalized world, everything is inevitably brought into proximity and correlation. Wars, natural disasters, climatic upheaval, nor political and economic turmoil, none of these can be effectively isolated, insulated, instituted, even immunized, as something apart, something that might be considered proper only to itself. This collected edition considers this crisis of the proper with a focus on (...)
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  30. The Enunciation of the Subject: Sharing Jean-Luc Nancy’s Singular Plural in the Classroom.Ashok Collins - 2015 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 47 (8):774-785.
    This article seeks to explore the implications of Jean-Luc Nancy’s reading of the subject for educational philosophy by connecting his re-interpretation of Descartes to his later thinking on what he names the ontological singular plural. Nancy’s re-imagining of the Cogito coalesces around the figure of the mouth through which the subject enunciates itself within the world. Reading this extension of the ego through the mouth as an enunciation of ontological singular plurality exposes a speaking subject that communicates via a sharing (...)
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  31. Towards a Saturated Faith: Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy on the Possibility of Belief After Deconstruction.Ashok Collins - 2015 - Sophia 54 (3):321-341.
    This article aims to explore the philosophical approach to faith after deconstruction as manifested in the work of Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy. By taking the saturated phenomenon as its focus, the analysis seeks to demonstrate that whilst Marion’s thinking proves to be an innovative re-imagining of the possibilities of phenomenology, its problematic recourse to a supplementary hermeneutic means that saturation can never be adequately applied to faith without simultaneously compromising the excessive intuition upon which it relies. The article then (...)
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  32. The Permeable Self: A Theory of Cinematic Quotation.Chelsey Crawford - 2015 - Film-Philosophy 19 (1):105-123.
    This essay seeks to define and conceptualize cinematic quotation against scholarship that positions the auteur as the locus of meaning for a given film, especially with respect to any intertextual references. By troubling a reliance on frameworks of pathological, singular control and revealing their inability to define the specific characteristics of quotation - beyond merely thinking of it as one form of allusion or intertextuality - this essay argues that an ontological friction is inherent to instances of cinematic quotation. By (...)
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  33. Jean-Luc Nancy, Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II, Trans. John McKeane. [REVIEW]P. J. Gorre - 2015 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 36 (1):233-236.
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  34. Descartes.James Griffith - 2015 - In Marie-Eve Morin & Peter Gratton (eds.), The Nancy Dictionary. Edinburgh University Press.
    This is an entry on Jean-Luc Nancy's understanding of certain important Cartesian concepts, such as the cogito.
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  35. Expressive Bodies.Donald A. Landes - 2015 - Research in Phenomenology 45 (3):369-385.
    _ Source: _Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 369 - 385 In “The Vestige of Art,” Jean-Luc Nancy argues that art is neither representation nor inscription, but rather _exscription_. The figure is the vestige of an expressive gesture; it represents neither a separable idea nor the one who traced it but, rather _exscribes_ their presence and their world in the event of expression. As such, Nancy’s aesthetics in _The Muses_ deploys a certain logic of expression best understood in the tradition of (...)
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  36. Jean-Luc Nancy, Myth, Ideology.Pieter Meurs - 2015 - Philosophy Pathways 191 (1).
    In a footnote of his La Communaute Desoeuvree, Jean Luc Nancy writes that it is necessary to investigate more closely the entry of myth into modern political thinking and more generally the relationship between myth and ideology (Nancy 1990, 116n). In this paper, I will explore the way in which we should understand this strange relation between myth and ideology. To do so, I will first briefly outline Nancy's now already known thinking of myth. Secondly, I will introduce a modern (...)
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  37. The Powers of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Thinking. An Encounter with Ignaas Devisch, Jean-Luc Nancy and the Question of Community; Daniele Rugo, Jean-Luc Nancy and the Thinking of Otherness; Frédéric Neyrat, Le Communisme Existentiel de Jean-Luc Nancy. [REVIEW]Marie-Eve Morin - 2015 - PhaenEx 10:173-188.
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  38. The Spacing of Time and the Place of Hospitality: Living Together According to Bruno Latour and Jacques Derrida.Marie-Eve Morin - 2015 - Parallax 21 (1): 26-41.
    In this article, I pursue the question whether it is possible to understand Derridean ethics in terms of space rather than time. More precisely, I ask whether what Derrida proposes as an ethics (and exactly what that is will have to be explained) falls under the general heading of future-oriented, ‘eschatological’ or ‘messianic’, ethics that sacrifices the present for a better future, or whether it can be understood in terms of presence, more specifically of the demand to cohabit here and (...)
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  39. The Nancy Dictionary.Marie-Eve Morin & Peter Gratton (eds.) - 2015 - Edinburgh University Press.
    The first dictionary dedicated to the work of Jean-Luc Nancy.Jean-Luc Nancy is a key figure in the contemporary intellectual landscape. This dictionary will, for the first time, consider the full scope of his writing and will provide insights into the philosophical and theoretical background to his focus on community and aesthetics.Drawing on an internationally recognised expertise of a multidisciplinary team of contributors, the 70 entries explain all of his main concepts, contextualising these within his work as a whole and relating (...)
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  40. Heidegger in France.David Pettigrew & François Raffoul (eds.) - 2015 - Indiana University Press.
    Dominique Janicaud claimed that every French intellectual movement—from existentialism to psychoanalysis—was influenced by Martin Heidegger. This translation of Janicaud’s landmark work, Heidegger en France, details Heidegger’s reception in philosophy and other humanistic and social science disciplines. Interviews with key French thinkers such as Françoise Dastur, Jacques Derrida, Éliane Escoubas, Jean Greisch, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Marion, and Jean-Luc Nancy are included and provide further reflection on Heidegger’s relationship to French philosophy. An intellectual undertaking of authoritative scope, this work furnishes a thorough (...)
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  41. The Patience of Film: Cavell, Nancy and a Thought for the World.Daniele Rugo - 2015 - Angelaki 20 (4):23-35.
    Despite considerable differences, Stanley Cavell and Jean-Luc Nancy share the demand for a renewal of thinking produced through and with the concept of the world. Their articulation of the legacy bequeathed by Heidegger and Wittgenstein begins with an understanding of the world in excess of knowledge and insists on this impossible mastery as the most productive incentive for thinking. Inasmuch as philosophy has understood itself as producer of worldviews, systems and principle, philosophy has constantly suppressed the thinking of the world, (...)
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  42. Être bourré, o del corpo senza corpo. [REVIEW]Fabio Vergine - 2015 - Doppiozero 1.
    Recensione di J. L. NANCY, T. TUPPINI, Être bourré, o del corpo senza corpo, Mimesis, Milano-Udine2014.
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  43. Marie-Eve Morin, Jean-Luc Nancy, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012. 188 Pp. $24 USD , ISBN 978-0-7456-5241-2. [REVIEW]Nicholas Aldridge - 2014 - Derrida Today 7 (1):102-105.
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  44. À Propos de : Marion, Mattéi, Nancy, Rancière, Renaut, Serres, Zarka.Paul Audi, Jean-François Mattéi, Jean-Luc Nancy, Isabelle Barbéris, Alain Renaut & Christian Godin - 2014 - Cités 58 (2):223.
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  45. Jean-Luc Nancy I Polityczny Wymiar Praxis Świata.Błażej Baszczak - 2014 - Nowa Krytyka 32.
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  46. Expeausition's: La Pensée du Corps Ou la Passion D’Une «Peau D’Écriture» Chez Jean‑Luc Nancy.Fernanda Bernardo - 2014 - Revista Filosófica de Coimbra 23 (45):7-24.
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  47. Nancy Now.Verena Conley & Irving Goh (eds.) - 2014 - Polity.
    Jean-Luc Nancy stands as one of the great French theorists of "deconstruction." His writings on philosophy, politics, aesthetics, and religion have significantly contributed to the development of contemporary French thought and helped shape and transform the field of continental philosophy. Through Nancy's immense oeuvre, which covers a wide range of topics such as community, freedom, existence, sense/ touch, democracy, Christianity, the visual arts and music, and writing itself, we have learned to take stock of the world in a more nuanced (...)
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  48. A Philosophy of the Unsayable.William Franke - 2014 - University of Notre Dame Press.
    In _A Philosophy of the Unsayable_, William Franke argues that the encounter with what exceeds speech has become the crucial philosophical issue of our time. He proposes an original philosophy pivoting on analysis of the limits of language. The book also offers readings of literary texts as poetically performing the philosophical principles it expounds. Franke engages with philosophical theologies and philosophies of religion in the debate over negative theology and shows how apophaticism infiltrates the thinking even of those who attempt (...)
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  49. On the V(I)Erge: Jean‐Luc Nancy, Christianity, and Incompletion.Peter Joseph Fritz - 2014 - Heythrop Journal 55 (4):620-634.
    This article explores how Jean-Luc Nancy attempts to gain critical traction on Christianity by proscribing thinking of completion. First, it describes Nancy's deconstruction of Christianity as stemming from his aesthetic redirection of Heidegger's thinking of finitude. Second, it further details Nancy's noetic declension of Heidegger via Kant and Lyotard, where the imagination and aesthetic communication are deemed impossible. Third, it examines Nancy's treatment of paintings of the Virgin Mary who, for Nancy, exemplifies his brand of incompletion. Nancy's work on Mary (...)
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  50. Provocations and Improvisations Concerning Reality: The Encounters of Jacques Derrida and Jean Luc-Nancy.Joanna Hodge - 2014 - Derrida Today 7 (1):79-101.
    This essay responds to the Nancean account of presentation, evoked in the opening citation, in order to trace out in Nancy's enquiries a disruption of Husserlian presentation, and a re-thinking of materiality on the edge of classical phenomenology. It stages a non-encounter between the writings of Jean-Luc Nancy and of Jacques Derrida in relation to a third term, the Lacanian conception of the ‘real’. Thereby it can be shown how these writings touch on each other, in response to phenomenology and (...)
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