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Space, Politics and Aesthetics$
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Mustafa Dikeç

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685974

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685974.001.0001

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Politics in-Common

Politics in-Common

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(p.61) Chapter 4 Politics in-Common
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Space, Politics and Aesthetics
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Mustafa Dikeç

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685974.003.0004

Appearance and mutual exposure are also central to Nancy’s understanding of politics, as this chapter shows. Politics implies altering a given order of meanings by opening new spaces of mutual exposure – ‘spacing’ – in and through which what he calls meaning ‘in-common’ can be produced. These spaces are places of ‘being-in-common’, a notion that Nancy uses to imply that there are no definitive bases for attachment – no, in other words, proper places that definitively secure identities. Finding meaning requires aesthetic forms, and this is why Nancy finds Kant’s notion of presentation appealing, because it suggests making sense of aesthetic forms in their freedom; that is, in the absence of concepts that determine them.

Keywords:   appearance, being in common, exposure, meaning, presentation, spacing

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