Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking: Expositions of World, Ontology, Politics, and Sense

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Wide-ranging essays on Jean-Luc Nancy’s thought.

Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading voices in European philosophy of the last thirty years, and he has influenced a range of fields, including theology, aesthetics, and political theory. This volume offers the widest and most up-to-date responses to his work, oriented by the themes of world, finitude, and sense, with attention also given to his recent project on the “deconstruction of Christianity.” Focusing on Nancy’s writings ...

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Overview

Wide-ranging essays on Jean-Luc Nancy’s thought.

Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading voices in European philosophy of the last thirty years, and he has influenced a range of fields, including theology, aesthetics, and political theory. This volume offers the widest and most up-to-date responses to his work, oriented by the themes of world, finitude, and sense, with attention also given to his recent project on the “deconstruction of Christianity.” Focusing on Nancy’s writings on globalization, Christianity, the plurality of art forms, his materialist ontology, as well as a range of contemporary issues, an international group of scholars provides not just inventive interpretations of Nancy’s work but also essays taking on the most pressing issues of today. The collection brings to the fore the originality of his thinking and points to the future of continental philosophy. A previously unpublished interview with Nancy concludes the volume.

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“This invaluable collection engages with the full range of Nancy’s philosophical concerns to offer a series of enriching and highly illuminating critical perspectives. It demonstrates the importance of Nancy’s work for philosophical reflection on the contemporary world.” — Ian James, author of The Fragmentary Demand: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy
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Meet the Author

Peter Gratton is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author of The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity, also published by SUNY Press, and the coeditor (with John Panteleimon Manoussakis) of Traversing the Imaginary: Richard Kearney and the Postmodern Challenge.

Marie-Eve Morin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Expositions of the World: Creation, Globalization, and the Legacies of Christianity

1 The Creation of the World François Raffoul 13

2 No Other Place to Be: Globalization, Monotheism, and Salut in Nancy Christina M. Smerick 27

3 Christianity's Other Resource: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Deconstruction of Faith Alfonso Cariolato 43

4 Deconstruction and Globalization: The World According to Jean-Luc Nancy Martin McQuillan 57

Part 2 Expositions of Ontology, or a Post-Deconstructive Realism

5 Nancy's Materialist Ontology Anne O'Byrne 79

6 On Interface: Nancy's Weights and Masses Graham Harmon 95

7 The Speculative Challenge and Nancy's Post-Deconstructive Realism Peter Gratton 109

Part 3 Expositions of the Political: Justice, Freedom, Equality

8 Archi-ethics, Justice, and the Suspension of History in the Writing of Jean-Luc Nancy B. C. Hutchens 129

9 Jean-Luc Nancy on the Political after Heidegger and Schmitt Andrew Norris 143

10 The Task of Justice David Pettigrew 159

Part 4 Expositions of Sense: Art and the Limits of Representation

11 De-monstration and the Sens of Art Stephen Barker 175

12 Poetry's Promiscuous Plurality: On a Part of Jean-Luc Nancy's The Muses William Watkin 191

13 Forbidding, Knowing, Continuing: On Representing the Shoah Andrew Benjamin 213

Part 5 Interview with Jean-Luc Nancy

14 The Commerce of Plural Thinking 229

Bibliography of Jean-Luc Nancy's Works in English 241

List of Contributors 247

Index 251

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