The Idea and Character of the Book

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:
The Idea and Character of the Book

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If the Idea, in the acceptation that Plato conferred on the term, designates the veritable and intelligible Form—accomplished in its essence—of such and such a thing or reality (the Idea of man, of stone, of the lizard), then the Idea of the book could denote the delivery of an Idea. A book delivers [un livre livre]—it delivers, liberates, exposes, presents, manifests, reveals—a pure, essential and exclusive, inimitable, nonempirical form.

Keywords: Plato; book; Idea; character

Chapter.  1012 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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