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The Banality of Heidegger

Heidegger and Nazism: ever since the philosopher's public involvement in state politics in 1933, his name has necessarily been a part of this unsavory couple. After the publication in 2014 of the private Black Notebooks, it is now unambiguously part of another: Heidegger and anti-Semitism. What do we learn from analyzing the anti-Semitism of these private writings, together with its sources and grounds, not only for Heidegger's thoug...

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Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality

In this outstanding new collection, philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy take up his perennial themes--community, embodiment, being-with, literature, politics, sense and meaning--as part of a deep and mature appreciation of the fact that we are richly, joyfully, and thoroughly sexual beings. In a concise but extremely important essay, "The 'There Is' of the Sexual Relation," Nancy responds to Lacan's dictum that "there is no sexual relation" a...

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The Disavowed Community (Commonalities (FUP))

Over thirty years after Maurice Blanchot writes The Unavowable Community (1983)-a book that offered a critical response to an early essay by Jean-Luc Nancy on "the inoperative community"-Nancy responds in turn with The Disavowed Community. Stemming from Jean-Christophe Bailly's initial proposal to think community in terms of "number" or the "numerous," and unfolding as a close reading of Blanchot's text, Nancy's new book addresses a ...

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The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus

Why is it that the modern conception of literature begins with one of the worst writers of the philosophical tradition? Such is the paradoxical question that lies at the heart of Jean-Luc Nancy's highly original and now-classic study of the role of language in the critical philosophy of Kant. While Kant did not turn his attention very often to the philosophy of language, Nancy demonstrates to what extent he was anything but oblivious...

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Being Nude: The Skin of Images

What does it mean to be nude? What does the nude do? In a series of constantly surprising reflections, Jean-Luc Nancy and Federico Ferrari encounter the nude as an opportunity for thinking in a way that is stripped bare of all received meanings and preconceived forms. In the course of engagements with twenty-six separate images, the authors show how the nudes produced by painters and photographers expose this bareness of thought and ...

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Proprement Dit : Entretien Sur Le Mythe

Jean-Luc Nancy reprend ici le fil d'un échange avec Mathilde Girard au cours duquel la question du mythe s'impose comme enjeu dès que l'on parle soi-même de soi. Revenant sur son expérience de vie et d'écriture avec Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, et traversant à nouveau certains territoires de pensée qu'ils ont ensemble parcourus (le romantisme, le théâtre, la mimesis, la psychanalyse, la littérature et la politique), Jean-Luc Nancy pose ...