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    DescriptionThis book, by one of the most innovative and challenging contemporary thinkers, consists of an extensive essay from which the book takes its title and five shorter essays that are internally related to "Being Singular Plural." One of the strongest strands in Nancy's philosophy is his attempt to rethink community and the very idea of the social in a way that does not ground these ideas in some individual subject or subjectivity. The fundamental argument of the book is that being is always "being with," that "I" is not prior to "we," that existence is essentially co-existence. Nancy thinks of this "being-with" not as a comfortable enclosure in a pre-existing group, but as a mutual abandonment and exposure to each other, one that would preserve the "I" and its freedom in a mode of imagining community as neither a "society of spectacle" nor via some form of authenticity. The five shorter essays impressively translate the philosophical insight of "Being Singular Plural" into sophisticated discussions of national sovereignty, war and technology, identity politics, the Gulf War, and the tragic plight of Sarajevo. The essay "Eulogy for the Melee," in particular, is a brilliant discussion of identity and hybridism that resonates with many contemporary social concerns. As Nancy moves through the exposition of his central concern, being-with, he engages a number of other important issues, including current notions of the "other" and "self" that are relevant to psychoanalytic, political, and multicultural concepts. He also offers astonishingly original reinterpretations of major philosophical positions, such as Nietzsche's doctrine of "eternal recurrence," Descartes's "cogito," and the nature of language and meaning.


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    Title
    Being Singular Plural
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Luc Nancy, Translated by Robert Richardson, Translated by Anne E. O'Byrne, Translated by David Webb, Translated by Luca Dos Santo
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 305 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804739757
    ISBN 10: 0804739757
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    DC22: 194
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    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000, PHI013000
    Abridged Dewey: 194
    BIC subject category V2: HPJ
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    LC classification: B2430.N363 E8713 2000
    Thema V1.0: QDTJ, QDH
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    25 November 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Jean-Luc Nancy is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Strasbourg. Among his many books are "The Muses" (Stanford, 1996)," The Birth to Presence" (Stanford, 1993), and "The Experience of Freedom" (Stanford, 1993).
    Review quote
    "[An] imporatant and timely book." - Philosophy in Review "Nancy is indeed one of the most interesting thinkers in France today." - Common Knowledge
    Back cover copy
    "[An] imporatant and timely book."--Philosophy in Review "Nancy is indeed one of the most interesting thinkers in France today."--Common Knowledge
    Flap copy
    This book, by one of the most innovative and challenging contemporary thinkers, consists of an extensive essay from which the book takes its title and five shorter essays that are internally related to "Being Singular Plural." One of the strongest strands in Nancy's philosophy is his attempt to rethink community and the very idea of the social in a way that does not ground these ideas in some individual subject or subjectivity. The fundamental argument of the book is that being is always "being with," that "I" is not prior to "we," that existence is essentially co-existence. Nancy thinks of this "being-with" not as a comfortable enclosure in a pre-existing group, but as a mutual abandonment and exposure to each other, one that would preserve the "I" and its freedom in a mode of imagining community as neither a "society of spectacle" nor via some form of authenticity. The five shorter essays impressively translate the philosophical insight of "Being Singular Plural" into sophisticated discussions of national sovereignty, war and technology, identity politics, the Gulf War, and the tragic plight of Sarajevo. The essay "Eulogy for the Melee," in particular, is a brilliant discussion of identity and hybridism that resonates with many contemporary social concerns. As Nancy moves through the exposition of his central concern, being-with, he engages a number of other important issues, including current notions of the "other" and "self" that are relevant to psychoanalytic, political, and multicultural concepts. He also offers astonishingly original reinterpretations of major philosophical positions, such as Nietzsche's doctrine of "eternal recurrence," Descartes's "cogito," and the nature of language and meaning.
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. Of being singular plural; 2. War, right, sovereignty - Techne; 3. Eulogy for the Melee; 4. The surprice of the event; 5. Human excess; 6. Cosmos Baselius; Notes.