DERRIDA MASTERS NANCY'S LANGUAGE:
this book has been in circulation in the United States for 8 years and this is the "first" review on Amazon. What's wrong here? America is generally behind Europe in philosophical thinking; but not that far behind. We should have already realized that Jean-Luc Nancy is the pinnacle of post-modern thinking in the world today. Derrida, a notable post-modern, in his own right, offers this book-of-praise for the jean-Luc Nancy he truly admires. Perhaps Derrida is a little difficult to read and that's why the slow appreciation for this manuscript. I do not know for certain, but I know it is brilliant and should be read by anyone seeking an understanding of post-modern thought.
This book could be understood as a series of "word-studies", where Derrida lifts Nancy's metaphors out of their signification and gives them conceptual articulation, while mentioning the need to keep them alive and dynamic. Therefore, it is a manuscript of "lifting", lifting up Nancy's language into the work of consciousness.
The reader will find that the dialectical-circle of "turning" toward the "other", also contains; nested within it, the "TRIAD-OF-TOUCH". Which passes from "incommensurability" to "thought-picture" to "exscription". This will include the evaluative work of "weighing", which takes up the latent promise of "event". The opening and closing of the mouth in lip-sync is also tied to the circle of "standing-in" and "stepping-back" at the composition threshold of spirit.
There are so many metaphors that are precisely explained, that this manuscript fulfills the Wittgenstein-type-wish for all Nancy-fans. Even those metaphors of "throwing" and "fold" are addressed concerning the motivational conditioning that must assist cognitive work when transferring from unconsciousness to consciousness.
I feel that Derrida has succeeded in "touching" the "otherness" of Nancy's philosophy, without disfiguring that same otherness-type-appearance.
This is grad-level material and demands a careful and unrushed reading. The benefit from such a reading will outweigh the energy spent. For a "first" review I will add that American scholars need to catch- up and get on with appropriating this material. Jean-Luc Nancy will demand American evaluative dialogue as well.
PART II: this book is split into two parts: I. "ORIGINARY-INSCRIPTION". Pp. 1-92; and II. "REFLEXIVE-RE-INSCRIPTION". Pp. 135-216. Total pages = 173.
In this second part Derrida enters into the Praxis-side of "exscribing", and the reflexive simultaneous moment of returning for a new "inscription" within the self's unconscious. He takes the reader systematically through: the "hand-of-touching" in exscribing; the "hand-of-being-touched" in reflexive return; and finally, the "hand-of-writing" the new inscription after passing through the triad of: God, Death, and Flesh. "Flesh" here refers to "carnal-subjectivity".
I felt the second section was superb and so systematically presented that the reader comes away with a beautiful thought-picture of Nancy's system all the way through the full circle of Inscribing-Exscribing- Re-inscribing. Do not neglect tangents 1-3. They are jewels of insight. Of course; I've already mentioned how profound the work was in the first section on the Psyche. What a superb work. This second section was equally, if not more, "amazing". 5-stars.