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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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The Event of Democracy

The Event of Democracy

(p.88) 4 The Event of Democracy
Nancy and the Political

François Raffoul

Edinburgh University Press

I seek to explore how Nancy rethinks the question of democracy, that is, what remains to be thought with that term. Nancy attempts to grasp democracy no longer as a particular political system, but as an event and indeed as the very condition of our existence as each time in-common. Democracy, Nancy states, “is not a political form among others,” and therefore its “exact” or “correct” form cannot be determined: democracy will always be inadequate to its concepts, precisely because it happens outside conceptuality, as the excess of an event, and thus remains to be invented. This allows Nancy to draw a contrast between democracy, and the political and ultimately understand it as the ‘sharing of the incalculable.’ This element of sharing is never for Nancy the space of the common or the identical, but rather of our sharing our singularities and differences, in a democracy web to difference and singularity, and not to the reign of the common and the indistinct.

Keywords:   Event, Democracy, Singularity, May 68, Time, Figure, The people

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