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Nancy and the Political$
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Sanja Dejanovic

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748683178

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683178.001.0001

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‘We Must Become What We Are’

‘We Must Become What We Are’

Jean-Luc Nancy’s Ontology as Ethos and Praxis

(p.21) 1 ‘We Must Become What We Are’
Nancy and the Political

Marie-Eve Morin

Edinburgh University Press

Jean-Luc Nancy often asserts that his ontology is also an ethos and praxis. I seek to develop this affirmation with a view to understanding the role and place of ‘another politics’ or ‘another of politics’ in Nancy's work. I start by unfolding Nancy's understanding of existence as abandonment, freedom, and decision, and underline the shifts in emphasis in his reappropriation of Heidegger's thought: from ‘es gibt’ to ‘il y a’, from gift to freedom, from guarding and sheltering, to opening and exposing. This is in an effort to show how the decision of existence is entwined with the praxis of inhabiting the world. Such praxis is a struggle for the world as an ungrounded, untotalisable plurality of existences, co-existing and co-appearing to themselves and each other.

Keywords:   Jean-Luc Nancy, Martin Heidegger, Ontology, Politics, World, Freedom, Decision

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