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The Sense of the World [Paperback]

Jeffrey S. Librett , Jean-Luc Nancy

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816626111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816626113
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is there a "world" anymore, let alone any "sense" of it? Acknowledging the lack of meaning in our own time, and the lack of a world at the centre of meanings we try to impose, Jean-Luc Nancy presents a critique of the many discourses - from philosophy and political science to psychoanalysis and art history - that talk and write their way around these absences in our lives.

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A COMPREHENSIVE PRESENTATION OF THE "NANCY-SYSTEM". This is my third reading of Nancy. I recently finished his two-volume set on Christianity which were also excellent. However, I have a suggestion to make that will hopefully enrich your experience. Nancy is the 20th century version of Kierkegaard, as synthesized with Hegel. Nancy frequently references Kierkegaard's "Abraham and Isaac". But the best possible correlation is to be found in Kierkegaard' "sickness unto death". Read this very short piece first and you will have a tremendous leverage when discerning this text of Nancy's. Nancy's writing style is organized in a very precise manner. The chapter divisions mean something to Nancy. He separates ideas by chapters, which he keeps brief. This helps the reader to organize his thought, according to his own divisions. The text was written in 1993, but took till 1997 to reach an English translation. He was 53 years old when he wrote this and it was considered to be a culminating and inclusive work (which it is).

Nancy appropriates Kierkegaard's triad methodology of: infinitizing-idealzing-finitizing; but makes the 2nd and 3rd moment "reciprocal". One aspect of his presentation that you should embrace and concentrate on is his "new" approach to the "unconscious" in this text. He actually enlists "praxis" and "positing" , even in the realm of the unconscious. Of course it appears in consciousness as other post-moderns also recognize. But to see his work in the unconscious in this text is a real mind-opening-event.

This book deserves extremely high praise. Probably a grad-level text; but with a reading of Kierkegaard first, the going will be smoother. 5 stars all the way.

ONE ADDITIONAL INSIGHT ADDED: to help you understand this text better; you should be aware that Nancy presents his "system" in pages 1-80. After that he shifts to aesthetics. Pages 1-60 give the reader his post-modern psychology, as structured according to Hegel. But pages 60-80 give the reader the benefit of Nancy's "myth-of-the-void-point". He proposes a 21st century mythology; and finally gives us all an explanation of "void-point". This makes the book essential to any further readings of Nancy.
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