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Ethics and Politics after PoststructuralismLevinas, Derrida and Nancy$
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Madeleine Fagan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685134

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685134.001.0001

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Jean-Luc Nancy

Jean-Luc Nancy

The Transimmanence of Ethics

(p.99) Chapter 4 Jean-Luc Nancy
Ethics and Politics after Poststructuralism

Derrida Levinas


Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 4 draws on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy to develop the line or limit as the starting point for thinking about ethics. Nancy offers an ontology of the singular-plural of being, in which the limit operates as the central term, such that we start only with second places. The chapter draws on Nancy’s concepts of relationality and transimmanence to develop an account of ethics and politics that remains at, and is mindful of, this limit as the very condition for their emergence. Ethics and the political here are both refigured as the resistance of the singular-plural transimmanence of being to totalisation, such that neither is the starting point or first place but both refer to ethos or conduct.

Keywords:   Nancy, Singular-plural, totalisation, ethics, transimmanence, transcendence, ethos, singularity, ontology, politics

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