Coming is a lyrical, erudite examination of the French notion of jouissance. How did jouissance evolve from referring to the pleasure of possessing a material thing (property, wealth) to the pleasure of orgasm, from appropriation to dis-appropriation, from consumption to consummation? The philosophers Adèle van Reeth and Jean-Luc Nancy engage in a lively dialogue, ranging from consumerism to video games to mysticism and from Spinoza, Hegel, andAugustine to the Marquis de Sade, Marguerite Duras, and Henry Miller. Four additional essays are new to the American edition.
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About the Author
Jean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. His wide-ranging thought is developed in many books, including Expectation: Philosophy, Literature ; The Possibility of a World ; The Banality of Heidegger ; The Disavowed Community ; and, with Adèle Van Reeth, Coming (all Fordham).
Adèle Van Reeth is the producer and host of France Culture Radio’s daily program on philosophy. She also contributes to the program Le Cercle on Canal Plus Cinéma and to Philosophie magazine.
Charlotte Mandell has translated more than forty books and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Table of Contents
Preface to the English Language Edition
Why Speak of Coming [Jouissance]?
Are We Alone in Jouissance?
From Animal Instinct to Desire of the Other: How to Go from Plaisir to Jouir?
Toward Infinity and Beyond: Is There an Art to Jouir?
The Condemnation of Jouissance
From Profit to Consumption/Consummation: Can We Enjoy Everything?
Some Bibliographical Reference Points
Body of Pleasure
Rühren, Berühren, Aufruhr (Moving, Touching, Uprising)
Neither Seeing Nor Having [Ni le voir ni l'avoir]