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Answering for Sense

Jean-Luc Nancy

in A Time for the Humanities

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229192
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229192.003.0006
Answering for Sense

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Jean-Luc Nancy declares that “all writing is committed” — what he means by this notion of commitment exceeds the programmatic sense of “committed writing” that knows in advance how the future should look. This chapter argues that to write is always to respond to, as well as to listen for the voice of an another, which involves an ethical commitment prior to any particular political commitment, just as it involves a consciousness of the non-human agency that resonates by means of any writing. Here the notion of creative autonomy is discredited.

Keywords: committed writing; responding; listening; ethical commitment; political commitment

Chapter.  4744 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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