Repeating the Political: Heidegger and Nancy on Technics and the Event

Gerald Moore

in Politics of the Gift

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642021
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671861 | DOI:
Repeating the Political: Heidegger and Nancy on Technics and the Event

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Returning to the Heideggerian critique of ‘Anthropology’, Chapter 3 challenges the idea of a philosophical solution that, providing privileged access to a redemptive experience of the event, would allow us to supersede or sublate the political. Beginning with an account of the Heideggerian polis drawn from his lectures on Hölderlin, his work on technology and the late essay On Time and Being, the chapter explains how Heidegger's fatal relationship with Nazism results from a belief implicit in philosophy since Plato that politics occurs only in the failure or absence of philosophy. This critical argument is made primarily through a discussion of the work of Jean-Luc Nancy, particularly his highly important but misunderstood and underdeveloped concept of ecotechnicity. It is on account of ecotechnity, Nancy argues, that the event of existence should be conceived less in terms of ‘giving’, which implies the possibility of receipt, than in terms of an ‘offering’ whose receipt is impossible, in the sense of being uninstantiable. Against readings that have sought to diminish the importance of Nancy's contribution, particular attention is paid to the possibility of reading Nancy through Deleuze.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; Event; Polis; Jean-Luc Nancy; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; Politics; The political; Ecotechnicity

Chapter.  18085 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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