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Book Open and Closed

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/9780823230365.003.0007
Book Open and Closed

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The book opens and closes on the unique character whose tracing it contains. Hence, it presents two aspects that are intimately dependent on each other: it is stitched and bound, it holds together as a body and forms a volume (that is the sense of the ancient volumen, the scroll that could be rolled around or unrolled from a core of wood or metal, ivory, reed, or bone), but at the same time it is discontinuous and a sheaf of leaves, the codex of stitched pages whose consistency only ever holds together by a thread. There was already codex in the volumen, just as there remains something of the latter in the former.

Keywords: book; codex; volumen

Chapter.  1501 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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