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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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Nancy and Hegel

Nancy and Hegel

Freedom, Democracy and the Loss of the Power to Signify

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Nancy and the Political

Emilia Angelova

Edinburgh University Press

I attempt to explain why the principle of uncertainty of sense, or meaning, matters to thinking the political, and where it originates, where and how it comes to appear. My focus is Nancy's Hegel, the structural and phenomenological openness of the principle of negation, the thought of this openness as ‘problematics of textuality,’ and the implications for ‘sense.’ I show how this openness is radicalized through Nancy's early work on Kant's idea of the ‘experience of freedom.’ Nancy engages the negativity of spirit, and what ‘loss’ would mean under negativity's condition. This complicates the modern heritage and what is meant by freedom, monarchy, the nation-state, violence and the subject.

Keywords:   Textuality, Freedom, Question of being, Restlessness, Negativity, Pre-political, Heidegger, Hegel, Kant

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