Jean-Luc Nancy

Overview

Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading contemporary thinkers inFrance today. Through an inventive reappropriation of the majorfigures in the continental tradition, Nancy has developed anoriginal ontology that impacts the way we think about religion,politics, community, embodiment, and art.

Drawing from a wide range of his writing, Marie-Eve Morin providesthe first comprehensive and systematic account of Nancy’sthinking, all the way up to his most recent work on thedeconstruction ...

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Overview

Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading contemporary thinkers inFrance today. Through an inventive reappropriation of the majorfigures in the continental tradition, Nancy has developed anoriginal ontology that impacts the way we think about religion,politics, community, embodiment, and art.

Drawing from a wide range of his writing, Marie-Eve Morin providesthe first comprehensive and systematic account of Nancy’sthinking, all the way up to his most recent work on thedeconstruction of Christianity. Without losing sight of theheterogeneity of Nancy’s work, Morin presents a concisearticulation of the organizing concepts, which structureNancy’s body of work. The guiding thread is that of anessential rift at the heart of any “self” by which thisself is exposed and relates to itself and other selves.Nancy’s ontology undercuts dichotomies between individual andcommunity, interior and exterior, matter and spirit, thing andthought, not in the name of mere deconstruction, but in seeking toopen a thinking of the “limit” or the“edge” as the locus of sense. While Nancy’s workhas often been presented in relation to Heidegger or Derrida, Morindemonstrates the originality of Nancy’s work and argues that,despite the variety of its preoccupations and topics, it possessesits own rigorous internal logic.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars ofphilosophy and related fields who seek a systematic and criticalunderstanding of one of the most original contemporary thinkers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A very fine introduction to Nancy for advanced undergraduate andresearch students."
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Morin's lucid overview of Nancy's philosophy provides cleardefinitions of his key terms, teases out the  complexity ofhis relationships to other thinkers, and demonstrates how hisontology of singular plurality informs his diverse range ofconcerns, from Christianity to politics, from embodiment to aesthetics."
French Studies

"Prof. Morin has done an excellent job. She is clearly sympatheticto this thinker and unfolds for us the complexities of his work,making it accessible without ever allowing us to underestimate itssubtlety. Comprehensive and expertly done, this book stands to playa key role in the reception of Nancy's opus."
Anne O'Byrne, Stony Brook University

"Morin gives a lucid and penetrating overview of Nancy'sphilosophy, beginning with his highly original reworking ofontology and ranging from questions of politics and community tothose of Christianity, embodiment, and art. Her indispensableaccount demonstrates the unique importance of Nancy's thought forcontemporary debate, its transformative power, and futurepotential."
Ian James, University of Cambridge

"In a systematic reading organized around key motifs in Jean-LucNancy's thought -ontology, Christianity, community, politics, body,and art - Marie-Eve Morin provides an expert and luminousintroduction to an important oeuvre, still to be discovered andexplored. For such a task, Marie-Eve Morin's fine book will proveto be an invaluable resource."
François Raffoul, Louisiana State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745652412
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Polity Key Thinkers Series, #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie-Eve Morin is assistant professor of philosophy at University of Alberta.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

Introduction

1. Ontology

2. Christianity

3. Community

4. Politics

5. From Body to Art

Conclusion

Bibliography

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