Nancy Now
Nancy Now
Jean-Luc Nancy stands as one of the great French theorists of "deconstruction." His writings on philosophy, politics, aesthetics, and religion have significantly contributed to the development of contemporary French thought and helped shape and transform the field of continental philosophy. Through Nancy's immense oeuvre, which covers a wide range of topics such as community, freedom, existence, sense/ touch, democracy, Christianity, the visual arts and music, and writing itself, we have learned to take stock of the world in a more nuanced fashion.

In this collection, contemporaries of Nancy and eminent scholars of continental philosophy, including Giorgio Agamben, Étienne Balibar, Ginette Michaud, Georges Van Den Abbeele, Gregg Lambert and Ian James, have been invited to reflect on the force of Nancy's "deconstruction" and how it has affected, or will affect, the ways we approach many of the most pertinent topics in contemporary philosophy. The collection also includes Jean-Luc Nancy's previously unpublished 'Dialogue Beneath the Ribs', where he reflects, twenty years after, on his heart transplant.

<i>Nancy Now</i> will be of critical interest not only to scholars working on or with Nancy's philosophy, but also to those interested in the development and future of French thought.
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  • September 2014
  • 250 pages
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Prelude: The Silhouette of Jean-Luc Nancy x
Giorgio Agamben

1 Introduction: Time in Nancy 1
Irving Goh and Verena Andermatt Conley

2 Nancy’s Inoperative Community 20
Etienne Balibar

3 “Literary Communism” 37
Gregg Lambert

4 Monograms: Then and “Now” 59
Georges Van Den Abbeele

5 Extended Drawing 90
Ginette Michaud

6 Differing on Difference 110
Ian James

7 (Mis)Reading in Dis-Enclosure 127
Isabelle Alfandary

8 Sovereignty Without Subject 152
Irving Goh

9 Dialogue Beneath the Ribs 171
Jean-Luc Nancy

Notes 175

Index 210

About the Author
Verena Conley is visiting professor of literature at Harvard University.

Irving Goh
is a visiting scholar at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University.
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Drawing from some of the most prominent voices in contemporary continental philosophy, Nancy Now addresses an impressive range of Nancys texts and motifs. The essays included here demonstrate in new and demanding ways the continued timeliness the untimely contemporaneity of Nancys thinking.
Philip Armstrong, Ohio State University

This cutting-edge collection proves that Nancy is the thinker of our time. Nancys understanding of the present disrupts every claim of equivalence underlying the worlds political economy. Nancy Now is the constellation born from this liberating breakthrough.
Frédéric Neyrat, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Nancy Now is a collection that (re)introduces one of the most prominent figures in contemporary continential philosophy while emphasising the diachronicity of his work."
Political Studies Review

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