Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy

John Martis

in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225347
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235490 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy

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Jean-Luc Nancy's hyperbological argument distinguishes itself from that of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, both by emphasizing the movement that comprises the sublime experience and by underlining a further, sensate, dimension of the movement. One might say that where Lacoue-Labarthe allows one to think the subjectal loss that is hyperbology, Nancy encourages one to sense it. He encourages one to feel it, as an experience of that “presence of absence”, as it were, by which a viewed work of art is present only by virtue of having removed itself to a place and a meaning outside the confines of its form. What has been demonstrated here opens up the possibility of a subjectivity constituted in sensed, incessant, hyperbological movement. Such a subjectivity would survive as the “structural” counterpart of the subjectal loss which that movement promotes.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Nancy; hyperbology; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; subjectivity; subjectal loss; hyperbological movement; experience

Chapter.  14417 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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