The Possibility of a World: Conversations with Pierre-Philippe Jandin

The Possibility of a World: Conversations with Pierre-Philippe Jandin

The Possibility of a World: Conversations with Pierre-Philippe Jandin

The Possibility of a World: Conversations with Pierre-Philippe Jandin

Synopsis

In this series of interviews, Jean-Luc Nancy reviews his life’s work. But like Schlegel’s historian—“a prophet facing backwards”—Nancy takes this opportunity to rummage through the history of art, philosophy, religion, and politics in search of new possibilities that remain to be thought. This journey through Nancy’s thought is interspersed with accounts of places and events and deeply personal details. The result is at once unpretentious and encyclopedic: Concepts are described with remarkable nuance and specificity, but in a language that comes close to that of everyday life. As Nancy surveys his work, he thinks anew about democracy, community, jouissance, love, Christianity, and the arts. In the end, this is a book about the possibility of a world—a world that must be greeted because it is, as Nancy says, already here.

Excerpt

PIERRE-PHILIPPE JANDIN: Knowing your taste for pastiche and parody, I’m almost tempted to introduce our discussion like Heidegger when he offers a biography of Aristotle: “Jean-Luc Nancy was born, he worked, and he’s still working.” Because it’s very true that you demonstrate constant attention to the world—to our world, which has almost disappeared, and to the coming world. in any case, to understand your approach, and without mistaking “thinker” and “philosopher” for synonyms today, the academic question that presents itself is: How did you become a philosopher? Especially since you gave a lecture in 2002 at the Centre Pompidou entitled: “I Never Became a Philosopher.” What’s this non-becoming, then?

JEAN-LUC NANCY: the title of that talk was a bit provocative and presumptuous. But something suddenly struck me . . .

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