By Jean-Luc Nancy
In 11 short, attractive talks initially broadcast on French public radio, Jean-Luc Nancy bargains a philosopher's tough and prepared account of a few of the urgent questions of our day and addresses continual matters inside philosophical inquiry. the elemental query, which recurs time and again, is whether or not philosophy is conditioned through the realm the thinker inhabits, or even if it needs to stay unconditioned via that world.Nancy discusses: terror relating to faith and capitalism; the relevance of philosophy to existence (whether philosophy could be a type of life); the prestige of god in monotheism; the relevance of politicsas it really is outlined this present day; the Heidegger affairand its results for philosophy; conflict, specially within the context of the invasion of Iraq; the position of negativity in philosophical and cultural discourses; artand the variety of its meanings; the predominance of the metaphor of the solar. The essays could be learn individually, yet jointly they quantity to the remarkable imaginative and prescient of a thinker delicate to the realm of his instances and trying to open his personal course inside of it
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Heidegger, by contrast, declares, even as he speaks of putting existence into play, that one should not believe that this putting into play will be effective in the book that speaks about it. In one case, one supposes that the order of reasons generates energy, and in the other, one affirms that the effectivity of this energy is of an order different from the order of reasons. One thus poses the problem of the passage from one order to the other. There are periods and figures of philosophy in which the indication of a form of life is quite vivid: in Stoicism and Epicureanism, for Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, and for others in whose work this indication loses visibility, as though veiled by concepts, analysis, and theory.
26 ................. 16770$ $CH1 12-13-07 14:37:41 PS PAGE 26 At this point we can touch upon another linguistic phenomenon. For a little over twenty years now, we have commonly spoken of ‘‘the political’’ [le politique], and this usage relegates ‘‘politics’’ [la politique] to the subordinate level of the execution of tasks (or even maneuvers). ‘‘The political’’ seems to represent the nobility of the thing—which thereby implicitly regains its specificity, and thus its relative separation. We thus fail to recognize that this word in the masculine, a newcomer to the [French] language with this meaning, was introduced to refer to the concept or the essence of the political thing or domain—but precisely to the extent that this concept, or indeed this essence, required examination, analysis, interrogation.
But the everyday takes narrower and more secret and hidden paths, which are not for all that an evasive hiding away. What the everyday hides is its own accession or its own hypostasis, as much as it hides the accession and hypostasis of a destiny or an absolute. In speaking of ‘‘the everyday’’ we do not succeed in naming any essence, or even an agency or authority, still less a truth, a good, or a beauty. Undoubtedly it happens, and it should happen, that the everyday is 42 ................. 16770$ $CH1 12-13-07 14:37:44 PS PAGE 42 made into works [fasse oeuvre], and by means of these works it passes into exception and into its sovereign elevation.
Philosophical chronicles by Jean-Luc Nancy