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On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores

Jean-Luc Nancy

in On the Commerce of Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230365
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235476 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230365.003.0001
On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores

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The book cannot be identified as a distinct object or as a defined class of objects. It is far from being assimilable to the printed volume, even if it confers upon that volume certain of its most noteworthy values, including, in the very first place, the value of Idea in itself enfolded and of itself unravelable by means of which we truly identify a “book” when we use that word precisely in order to distinguish it from volume and from work. That is how the Latin word liber traced its modern destiny, changing from “printed book” to simply “book,” in its absolute sense, the absolute book if not the absolute as book.

Keywords: books; liber; printed book

Chapter.  1285 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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