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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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Thinking Nancy’s ‘Political Philosophy’

Thinking Nancy’s ‘Political Philosophy’

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(p.116) 5 Thinking Nancy’s ‘Political Philosophy’
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Nancy and the Political
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Ignaas Devisch

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683178.003.0005

Contrary to many social and political philosophers, Jean-Luc Nancy does not pay much attention to the notion of power and political struggle. Nancy thinks the political and democracy from out of the horizon of a shared existence that is exposed to its absence of sense and the ultimate sense of existence. Today, our political problems lay bare that first and foremost, the ontological horizon is what matters. In a number of places in his work, Nancy emphasizes that our ontological condition is a fundamental social condition. Nevertheless, thinking the political without the notion of power is not an easy stance. How to account for social struggle or the strife for justice? Although Nancy cannot be reduced to a supporter of liberal democracy, power is crucial to understand political society today. I will confront the ontological perspective of Nancy with the analysis of power by Foucault and Lefort.

Keywords:   Power, Justice, Democracy, Foucault, Lefort, Machiavelli

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