Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking

Expositions of World, Ontology, Politics, and Sense

Edited by Peter Gratton & Marie-Eve Morin

Subjects: Philosophy, Post Structuralism
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary French Thought
Paperback : 9781438442266, 265 pages, August 2012
Hardcover : 9781438442273, 265 pages, August 2012

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Table of contents

List of Abbreviations
I. Expositions of the World: Creation, Globalization, and the Legacies of Christianity
1. The Creation of the World
François Raffoul

2. No Other Place to Be: Globalization, Monotheism, and Salut in Nancy
Christina Smerick

3. Christianity’s Other Resource: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Deconstruction of Faith
Alfonso Cariolato

4. Deconstruction and Globalization: The World According to Jean-Luc Nancy
Martin McQuillan

II. Expositions of Ontology, or a Post-Deconstructive Realism
5. Nancy’s Materialist Ontology
Anne O’Byrne

6. On Interface: Nancy’s Weights and Masses
Graham Harman

7. The Speculative Challenge and Nancy’s Post-Deconstructive Realism
Peter Gratton

III. Expositions of the Political: Justice, Freedom, Equality
8. Archi-ethics, Justice and the Suspension of History in the Writing of Jean-Luc Nancy
B. C. Hutchens

9. Jean-Luc Nancy on the Political after Heidegger and Schmitt
Andrew Norris

10. The Task of Justice
David Pettigrew

IV. Expositions of Sense: Art and the Limits of Representation
11. De-monstration and the Sens of Art
Stephen Barker

12. Poetry and Plurality: On a Part of Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Muses
William Watkin

13. Forbidding, Knowing, Continuing:  On Representing the Shoah
Andrew Benjamin

V. Interview with Jean-Luc Nancy:  The Commerce of Plural Thinking
Bibliography of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Works in English
List of Contributors

Wide-ranging essays on Jean-Luc Nancy’s thought.


Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading voices in European philosophy of the last thirty years, and he has influenced a range of fields, including theology, aesthetics, and political theory. This volume offers the widest and most up-to-date responses to his work, oriented by the themes of world, finitude, and sense, with attention also given to his recent project on the "deconstruction of Christianity. " Focusing on Nancy's writings on globalization, Christianity, the plurality of art forms, his materialist ontology, as well as a range of contemporary issues, an international group of scholars provides not just inventive interpretations of Nancy's work but also essays taking on the most pressing issues of today. The collection brings to the fore the originality of his thinking and points to the future of continental philosophy. A previously unpublished interview with Nancy concludes the volume.

Peter Gratton is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author of The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity, also published by SUNY Press, and the coeditor (with John Panteleimon Manoussakis) of Traversing the Imaginary: Richard Kearney and the Postmodern Challenge. Marie-Eve Morin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.


"This invaluable collection engages with the full range of Nancy's philosophical concerns to offer a series of enriching and highly illuminating critical perspectives. It demonstrates the importance of Nancy's work for philosophical reflection on the contemporary world. " — Ian James, author of The Fragmentary Demand: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy