Philosophical Chronicles

Philosophical Chronicles

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In eleven brief, engaging talks originally broadcast on French public radio, Jean-Luc Nancy offers a philosopher's rough and ready account of some of the pressing questions of our day and addresses chronic issues within philosophical inquiry. The fundamental question, which recurs again and again, is whether philosophy is conditioned by the world the philosopher inhabits, or whether it must remain unconditioned by that world.

Nancy discusses: terror in relation to religion and capitalism; the relevance of philosophy to life (whether philosophy can be a form of life); the status of god in monotheism; the relevance of "politics" as it is defined today; the "Heidegger affair" and its consequences for philosophy; war, especially in the context of the invasion of Iraq; the role of negativity in philosophical and cultural discourses; "art" and the variability of its meanings; the predominance of the metaphor of the sun. The essays can be read separately, but together they amount to the striking vision of a philosopher sensitive to the world of his times and attempting to open his own path within it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 6.6mm | 117.93g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823227588
  • 9780823227587
  • 762,746

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Timely and untimely, this is a fascinating sequence of short chronicles engaging philosophical topics and topics thought philosophically. One moves through and from the war in Iraq to the Heidegger 'affair' to any number of issues from daily and not so daily life. This incisive collection displays Jean-Luc Nancy's characteristic brilliance in a most accessible fashion.----Ian Balfour, York University These beautifully translated short essays by Jean-Luc Nancy reflect on some of

the large issues of our time: the war of civilizations, the nature of politics,

war, history, life and art, as well as the nature of philosophy. They are like

brilliant and sharp crystals of philosophical thought in action, reflecting on

itself and its engagement with the world.

----Paul Patton, Philosophy, UNSW
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About Jean-Luc Nancy

Jean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Universite Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. His wide-ranging thought is developed in many books, including Portrait, The Possibility of a World, The Banality of Heidegger, The Disavowed Community, and Corpus. FRANSON MANJALI is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Semiotics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His recent publications are Literature and Infinity and Meaning, Culture, and Cognition. He is the translator of Jean Petitot, Morphogenesis of Meaning.
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