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On Touching - Jean-Luc Nancy
     

On Touching - Jean-Luc Nancy

by Jacques Derrida, Christine Irizarry (Translator)
 
Derrida's substantial influence on how we see our world, our language, other writers and ourselves continues, and in this retranslation of his essay of 1992 he shows how his perceptions of the thought of Nancy could be useful to those who wish to practice Derridean-style work in the near future. Derrida begins with Nancy's work on temporal space and the psyche,

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Derrida's substantial influence on how we see our world, our language, other writers and ourselves continues, and in this retranslation of his essay of 1992 he shows how his perceptions of the thought of Nancy could be useful to those who wish to practice Derridean-style work in the near future. Derrida begins with Nancy's work on temporal space and the psyche, working through a series of arguments entitled "Spacings, "This is My Body" and "The Untouchable, or the "Vow of Abstinence" to show the relationship between the visceral and the imagined and, by extension, the whole of philosophy itself. Invoking Levinas, Husserl, Franck, Heidegger, Diderot, Kant and a host of other theorists, Derrida articulates the work of Nancy by working around it, in essence illuminating a text about touch by touching only the places where it is not, giving a model for the next generation of critics to follow. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Derrida (Eyes of the University) may be dead, but new translations of his work keep cropping up; besides these two volumes, there are many more on the way, some from the masses of unpublished manuscripts at the University of California, Irvine. In On Touching, Derrida analyzes fellow philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy's work, and Nancy's brief but moving response to his friend's death is appended. He examines the sense of touch, notoriously subjective and not easily amenable to the scientific measurements that the study of sight allows or the potentiality for abstract thought on which the traditional humanities are based. Nancy, by insisting on the sense's centrality to our experience, tries to undermine metaphysical world-pictures and argues for the primacy of the concrete and the individual. Derrida, who had deep roots in Baruch Spinoza and Nicolas Malebranche, could understand this "deconstruction" while continuing to point out that Nancy is involved in talk about the world-a discourse that, as we reflect on language, leads to infinite complications. This argument is mind-stretching, and the translator struggles to produce intelligible English. Paper Machine is a compilation of loosely connected essays on technology, printing, and libraries that culminates in a reflection on "humanity" and the newspaper L'Humanit , founded by Socialist Party leader Jean Jaur s in 1904. Derrida associates "humanity" with the free exchange of ideas in what became a rallying point for friends and enemies of the newspaper's Communist Party publishers. Touching will have to be relegated to academic libraries, but Paper Machine, a more easygoing text that shows Derrida at his most perceptive, should have a place in public libraries to satisfy the public's curiosity about one of the often quoted enigmas of our time.-Leslie Armour, Dominican Coll. of Philosophy & Theology, Ottawa Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"The translation of On Touching: Jean-Luc Nancy is a momentous event, for this is one of the greatest, most important works in Derrida's immense oeuvre. It undertakes nothing less than a deconstruction of the phenomenological principle of principles, intuitionism, and the touchstone experience called touching. In a circulation through the history of philosophy since Aristotle up to the work of his contemporary and beloved friend Jean-Luc Nancy, the epochal thinker of touch, this book comes from and goes to the very heart of Derrida's thought."
—Peggy Kamuf,
University of Southern California

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804742436
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Among the most recent of his many books to have been translated into English are Rogues (2005), Eyes of the University (2004), For What Tomorrow... with Elisabeth Roudinesco (2004), Counterpath with Catherine Malabou (2004), Negotiations (2002), Who's Afraid of Philosophy? (2002), and Without Alibi (2002). All of these have been published by the Stanford University Press.

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