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The Pulse of Sense
Encounters with Jean-Luc Nancy

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ISBN 9781032198811
March 31, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

This volume stages a series of encounters between the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and leading scholars of his work along four major themes of Nancy’s thought: sense, experience, existence, and Christianity.

In doing so, the volume seeks to remind readers that Nancy’s sens has many meanings in French: aside from those that easily carry over into English, i.e., everything to do with "meaning" and "the senses"; it also includes the "way" they are "conducted," the "direction" they take, the "thrust" or "pulse" in which the circulation of sense exists. Faithful to this plural understanding of sens, the writings collected here aim to join Jean-Luc Nancy in the process of "making-sense" that animates his thinking, rather than to deliver a definitive summary of his position on any given issue. They are conceived of as notes "along the way," documenting "encounters" as moments of "(re)direction" and recording the "pulse" of sense that animates them. In that spirit, Nancy himself has provided each contribution with an "echo" in which he, in turn, responds to each author and thereby continues their mutual encounter. Aside from these echoes and a previously untranslated text, the volume includes an original essay in which Nancy reflects upon the international trajectory of his thinking; a trajectory that is to be and undoubtedly will be continued, in many different directions, across and around the world.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

Table of Contents



Introduction: The Conduct of Existence

Marie Chabbert and Nikolaas Deketelaere

The Fragility of Sense

1. The World’s Fragile Skin

Jean-Luc Nancy, trans. by Marie Chabbert and Nikolaas Deketelaere

2. Insistence, or the Force of Jean-Luc Nancy

Irving Goh

3. Nancy on Trial: Thinking Philosophy and the Jurisdictional

Peter Gratton

4. The Fragility of Thinking

Leslie Hill

The Poetics of Experience

5. Pir-ating the Given: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Critique of Empiricism

Benjamin Hutchens

6. Abraham’s Ordeal: Jean-Luc Nancy and Søren Kierkegaard on the Poetics of Faith

Nikolaas Deketelaere

7. Interpreters of the Divine: Nancy’s Poet, Jeremiah the Prophet, and Saint Paul’s Glossolalist

Gert-Jan van der Heiden

8. Art’s Passing for Hegel, Lacoue-Labarthe, and Nancy

John McKeane

The Corporeality of Existence

9. Jean-Luc Nancy, a Romantic Philosopher? On Romance, Love, and Literature

Aukje van Rooden

10. Spread Body and Exposed Body: Dialogue with Jean-Luc Nancy

Emmanuel Falque, trans. by Marie Chabbert and Nikolaas Deketelaere

11. An Ontology for Our Times

Marie-Eve Morin

12. Affectivity, Sense, and Affects: Emotions as an Articulation of Biological Life

Ian James

The Emancipation of Christianity

13. Metamorphosis or Mutation? Jean-Luc Nancy and the Deconstruction of Christianity

Joeri Schrijvers

14. Desecularisation: thinking secularisation beyond metaphysics

Erik Meganck

15. Raising Death: Resurrection between Christianity and Modernity – A Dialogue with Jean-Luc Nancy’s noli me tangere

Laurens ten Kate

16. The Eternal Return of Religion: Jean-Luc Nancy on Faith in the Singular-Plural

Marie Chabbert

17. Nancy is a Thinker of Radical Emancipation

Christopher Watkin


18. An Accordion Tune

Jean-Luc Nancy, trans. by Marie Chabbert and Nikolaas Deketelaere

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Marie Chabbert is Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s St John’s College. Her research interrogates how contemporary French thinkers inaugurate new perspectives for thinking faith in the postsecular age. Her first monograph, entitled Contemporary French Thought and the Eternal Return of Religion, is forthcoming.

Nikolaas Deketelaere is researcher at the Catholic University of Paris and the Australian Catholic University. His research considers questions of experience and embodiment in contemporary phenomenology and philosophy of religion. He has published articles in Literature and Theology, Open Theology, and Angelaki.