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The Book's End in Itself

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/9780823230365.003.0003
The Book's End in Itself

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The book lays out its end in itself and comports itself as the envelope of an interiority. A unity and a uniqueness are implied in it—although it is no more a question of bringing them to the light of day than it is ever of showing the “soul” of a “person”—and that implication is all the more certain and demanding for its explanation being excluded or infinite. The open/closed book declares itself to be the topology of an inside that is constantly turned over into its outside: every book is a Moebius strip, in itself therefore finite and infinite, infinitely finite on all sides, opening a new margin on each page, each margin becoming wider, with a greater capacity for sense and secrecy.

Keywords: book; end in itself; interiority

Chapter.  667 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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