The Publication of the Unpublished

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The Publication of the Unpublished

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Of itself the book is untouched and sealed; it begins and ends in that sealing; it is always its own epitaph: here lies an illegible one. There is always a closed and inviolable book in the middle of every book that is opened, held apart between the hands that turn its pages, and whose every revolution, each turn from recto to verso begins again to fail to achieve its deciphering, to shed light on its sense. For that reason every book, inasmuch as it is a book, is unpublished, even though it repeats and replays individually, as each one does, the thousands of other books that are reflected in it like worlds in a monad. The book is unpublished [inédit], and it is that inédit that the publisher [éditeur] publishes.

Keywords: book; publication; unpublished; editor

Chapter.  938 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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