Jean-Luc Nancy: Plurality

Christopher Watkin

in Phenomenology or Deconstruction?

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637591
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671847 | DOI:
Jean-Luc Nancy: Plurality

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This chapter turns from the question of alterity in Nancy's work to the question of incommensurability: how are we to proceed when a number of seemingly incommensurable values must be measured against each other? Nancy addresses the question in terms of the different arts, the senses, and different notions of justice, and it is also crucial for his account of singular plurality and the spacing of sense. The chapter shows how Nancy's ideas of corpus and the world take us beyond the dichotomies of gathering and scattering that frame our understanding of commensurability. The chapter concludes that, despite revising Ricœur's tensive coherence in terms of spacing and spasm, Nancy's thought still struggles to arbitrate between incommensurable claims.

Keywords: Incommensurability; Justice; Singular plural; Corpus; Spacing

Chapter.  16017 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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