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The Pulse of Sense Encounters with Jean-Luc Nancy

Edited By Marie Chabbert, Nikolaas Deketelaere Copyright 2022
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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, this 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.

    Introduction: The Conduct of Existence 
    Marie Chabbert and Nikolaas Deketelaere 
    Part 1: 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 
    Part 2: 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 
    Part 3: 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 
    Part 4: 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 
    Part 5: Coda 
    18. An Accordion Tune 
    Jean-Luc Nancy, trans. by Marie Chabbert and Nikolaas Deketelaere 


    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, Faithful Deicides: Modern French Thought and the Eternal Return of Religion, is forthcoming.

    Nikolaas Deketelaere is a researcher at the Catholic University of Paris, France, 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.