Amorous Politics: Between Dernda and Nancy

Linnell Secomb

in Philosophy and Love

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671854 | DOI:
Amorous Politics: Between Dernda and Nancy

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This chapter returns to Plato and to Emmanuel Levinas reflecting on the love that grounds philosophy as well as ethics and politics. Jacques Derrida's politics recognises ethical and friendship love. Jean-Luc Nancy explicitly determines the importance of love in the formation of subjectivity, community and culture. In ‘Shattered Love’, Nancy reflects on philosophy as love of thinking and on the ethics, politics and phenomenology of love. While Derrida follows a path linking friendship to democracy, Nancy examines the possibility of a sociality set by love and expressed through the melee, the turmoil and chaos, of community. Derrida shows the importance of love for his thought and his life most explicitly when he speaks of his friendship for Nancy. In a community of touching, sharing and exposure between each and the other, perhaps there is a contamination so that writers anticipate and pre-empt each other creating a ‘self-touching-you’ through words.

Keywords: love; politics; Jacques Derrida; Jean-Luc Nancy; Plato; Emmanuel Levinas; friendship; democracy

Chapter.  6421 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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