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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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Im-mundus or Nancy’s Globalising-World-Formation

Im-mundus or Nancy’s Globalising-World-Formation

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Nancy and the Political

Jean-Paul Martinon

Edinburgh University Press

Contrary to what many believe, Jean-Luc Nancy is not an alter-mondialiste and he does not advocate a going ‘beyond’ globalization. As the prefatory note to his book, The Creation of the World clearly intimates, Nancy's understanding of the world is much more nuanced, taking, both the world, as it forms itself, and the processes of globalization into account, what he calls, using the crucially split word, im-mundus. Im-mundus will be the way we create and produce the world, a gesture that stems paradoxically from out of no-thing and yet is some-thing that is with and without reason. With this approach, this essay shows that Nancy's attempt to expose the liminal stance of the world is an eminently political gesture that helps us to reopen, as he says, ‘each possible struggle for a world,’ and, in the process, fight against the pernicious growth of the wasteland, to recall Nietzsche's famous cry.

Keywords:   Globalization, World-Forming, Sense, Mono-Valences, Marx, Heidegger

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