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"A very fine introduction to Nancy for advanced undergraduate and research students." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "Morin′s lucid overview of Nancy′s philosophy provides clear definitions of his key terms, teases out the  complexity of his relationships to other thinkers, and demonstrates how his ontology of singular plurality informs his diverse range of concerns, from Christianity to politics, from embodiment to aesthetics." French Studies "Prof. Morin has done an excellent job. She is clearly sympathetic to this thinker and unfolds for us the complexities of his work, making it accessible without ever allowing us to underestimate its subtlety. Comprehensive and expertly done, this book stands to play a key role in the reception of Nancy′s opus." Anne O′Byrne, Stony Brook University "Morin gives a lucid and penetrating overview of Nancy′s philosophy, beginning with his highly original reworking of ontology and ranging from questions of politics and community to those of Christianity, embodiment, and art. Her indispensable account demonstrates the unique importance of Nancy′s thought for contemporary debate, its transformative power, and future potential." Ian James, University of Cambridge "In a systematic reading organized around key motifs in Jean–Luc Nancy′s thought –ontology, Christianity, community, politics, body, and art – Marie–Eve Morin provides an expert and luminous introduction to an important oeuvre, still to be discovered and explored. For such a task, Marie–Eve Morin′s fine book will prove to be an invaluable resource." François Raffoul, Louisiana State University

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

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Comprehensive survey of Nancy's work 26 Aug 2013
By Rex Styzens - Published on Amazon.com
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After I had read some six or eight volumes by Nancy, I found my way to this commentary on his work. Since his conceptualizations evolved during his lengthy university career and over the course of his many publications, sorting through the major propositions is a formidable task. Morin does an outstanding job in this outstanding work. There are not enough stars available to convey my admiration here for her work.

Contemporary French (mainly Continental) philosophy, as well as his rigorous interpretations of the whole of the major features of the Western philosophical tradition, provide a comprehensive justification for Nancy's reinterpretations. I am most interested in his deconstruction of Christianity, as examined in DIS-ENCLOSURE Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy) 3rd edition by Nancy, Jean-Luc published by Fordham University Press Paperback and ADORATION Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy). Nancy's context takes its color from his familiarity with European Roman Catholicism. His repeated remarks about the lack of viability of religion today seem to be unaware of how close some of the current descendants of the Left Wing of the Protestant Reformation come in agreement with his conclusions.

Morin begins the volume with an examination of Nancy's most significant renaming of the elements of our understanding. Nancy supplies an abundance of new vocabulary, but in many cases he continues to use a traditional term for his unique conceptualizations. His conception of god (and he defers to the majority tradition by the use of the lower case) remains unique in my experience. Rather than the West's model of the top-down pyramid as the source of authority, he turns that into a horizontal position where it opens onto an infinity. His "open" is neither Nietzsche's, Rilke's, nor Heidegger's for it provides a place for Nancy's insistence that it is distance, gap, and separation that form proximity for us, rather than a structure of continuous threads. Hence god is discontinuous open where we cannot tell what will happen.

Morin reminds us repeatedly of the on-going discussion between advocates for the priority of ethics over ontology and their counterparts. Hence the likes of Derrida and Levinas are included where their options illustrate the weight of the differences/differances. My expectation is that such a context will prove itself more fecund than the now obsolete context of metaphysics. Here we can get some inkling of the direction that philosophy of religion is likely to take.

This volume corresponds to the understanding of Nancy's work as I had achieved before I read it. That provides me with confidence in recommending its interpretation of the vast span of ideas I came to understand only with my initial study of this book. It is beyond reliable.
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A BRILLIANT COM-POSITION 25 Sep 2013
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A BRILLIANT COM-POSITION: Morin presents the best critique of Nancy that I have found. The ontological question is kept at the fore-front the entire time , as it should be. She gives special attention to the "point-of-view" or "stance" of the subject, with regard to the realm of mutual touch. This is neglected by other commentators. It could easily work as a textbook. I think she is extremely gifted; but worked hard to get that way. 5 stars all the way. Chapter analysis follows:

1. Ontology: pp. 22-48. A very comprehensive presentation that actually draws a thought-picture, which is what you want with an ontology. The "6" steps of articulation are covered in the "realm of ideation". And positing gets covered on both sides: "differentiation and self-relation". "Mediation" gets most of the attention , as she focuses on the realm of mutual- touch. Excellent ontological analysis.

2. "Christianity". Pp. 48-72. Remember; even though this is a topical critique; the essays cannot be read out of order. Morin builds as she goes. Especially chapter one. Everything depends on "ontology". Having said that; I found this essay on Christianity to be excellent. A much better approach than others I've read. You can evaluate Nancy here from your own Christian perspective. Morin's writing will allow this. I actually found that I could articulate a Christology of "OPENING", which then led to a Trinitarian approach to positing. And finally a return to "ONTOLOGY". See what I mean: hammer home chapter one. Read it multiple times if need be, but internalize it. Nancy thrives on the ontological question. What A great approach to Nancy's Christianity. Better than anyone writing today; I can assure you. Way to go Marie-Eve!!!

3. "Community". Pp. 72-96. Hegel; here we come. OK, Morin nails down Nancy's dialectical approach here and reminds us that this is the "early" Nancy who will later evolve into the systematic Nancy of 1997. This is 1980 work evaluated here. 17 years is a huge difference. But she still takes on the challenge and nails it. You will get the triad of the "logic-of-absolute"; then transition to "logic-of-a-realization"; then enter the triad of "community-as-formal-space". And, finally; RETURN TO "ONTOLOGY". Get it??? Go read chapter one again. The emphasis here is on Nancy's "interruption"; a concept he relishes. We must disrupt the false influence of metaphysical thought to reach true community. Again, Morin shines. She is a great "critic / evaluator". Every essay thus far has been brilliant and even more-brilliant.

4. "Politics". Pp. 96-124. Again, Morin builds on the previous chapter of "community". Here we find the "com-position" transitioning to political ethical-action. This takes place through the triad of: "withdrawal"; "knotting": and "democracy". The methodology also gets articulated as: "Truth"; "sense"; and "sense-of-truth". I found the essay to be excellent and especially enjoyed the concluding points made concerning the transition out of the "art-of-standing-in" to our becoming political. She really is excellent. Purchase this book; you should have it.

5. "From body to art". Pp. 124-148. : Actually this was one of the more important essays. It actually is two essays in one; first, the "social-bond", 2nd. The "work-of-art". The social bond ties in with chapter one; so Morin actually takes us full circle. Every page here is important. In fact, she waits till the last page to give us the 3rd "stance" of social-bond. This constituted the end of the book for me. I was only interested in the "5" essays that made up the meat of the book.
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