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. . . [A] brief siesta of an inquiry into slumber.-Toby Lichtig


What happens to the subject when sleep descends? If philosophy has always supposed consciousness, what happens in the fall of sleep, when intention, will, deliberation and its correlates are suspended? Nancy traces, not an absence of subjectivity, but another formation of the I in this meditative text -- part thesis and part reverie, as much a nocturne as a treatise -- and guides us toward the province of Morpheus.-Charles Shepherdson


A quarter-century ago Jean-Luc Nancy remarked that Sleep, perhaps, has never been philosophical. Philosophy, after all, ruins sleep. In The Fall of Sleep Nancy explores the singularities of sleep as (among other things) an experience of freedom and a sojourn for lovers. The book is exemplary of Nancy's practice of finite thinking-thinking without concepts, categories, and other philosophical machinery. And in the bargain we have another superb translation by Charlotte Mandell.-Gerald L. Bruns





. . . [A] brief siesta of an inquiry into slumber.-Toby Lichtig


What happens to the subject when sleep descends? If philosophy has always supposed consciousness, what happens in the fall of sleep, when intention, will, deliberation and its correlates are suspended? Nancy traces, not an absence of subjectivity, but another formation of the I in this meditative text -- part thesis and part reverie, as much a nocturne as a treatise -- and guides us toward the province of Morpheus.-Charles Shepherdson


A quarter-century ago Jean-Luc Nancy remarked that Sleep, perhaps, has never been philosophical. Philosophy, after all, ruins sleep. In The Fall of Sleep Nancy explores the singularities of sleep as (among other things) an experience of freedom and a sojourn for lovers. The book is exemplary of Nancy's practice of finite thinking-thinking without concepts, categories, and other philosophical machinery. And in the bargain we have another superb translation by Charlotte Mandell.-Gerald L. Bruns


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 The Banality of Heidegger; The Possibility of a World; The Disavowed Community; Ego Sum; and, with Adèle Van Reeth, Coming (all Fordham).

Charlotte Mandell has translated more than forty books and is the recipient of numerous awards.

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