Philosophical Chronicles

Philosophical Chronicles

3.28 (14 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Translated by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 10 business days


When will my order arrive?

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 15-18 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.
Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas

Description

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.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 6.6mm | 117.93g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823227588
  • 9780823227587
  • 762,453

Review quote

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 *
show more

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 Expectation: Philosophy, Literature; The Possibility of a World; The Banality of Heidegger; The Disavowed Community; and, with Adele Van Reeth, Coming (all Fordham). 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.
show more

Rating details

14 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 21% (3)
4 14% (2)
3 43% (6)
2 14% (2)
1 7% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X