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9780823270613

Ego Sum

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  • ISBN13:

    9780823270613

  • ISBN10:

    0823270610

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-05-02
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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Summary

First published in 1979 but never available in English until now, Ego Sum challenges, through a careful and unprecedented reading of Descartes's writings, the picture of Descartes as the father of modern philosophy: the thinker who founded the edifice of knowledge on the absolute self-certainty of a Subject fully transparent to itself. While other theoretical discourses, such as psychoanalysis, have also attempted to subvert this Subject, Nancy shows how they always inadvertently reconstituted the Subject they were trying to leave behind.

Nancy's wager is that, at the moment of modern subjectivity's founding, a foundation that always already included all the possibilities of its own exhaustion, another thought of "the subject" is possible. By paying attention to the mode of presentation of Descartes's subject, to the masks, portraits, feints, and fables that populate his writings, Jean-Luc Nancy shows how Descartes's ego is not the Subject of metaphysics but a mouth that spaces itself out and distinguishes itself.

Author Biography


Jean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Universite Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. Among the most recent of his many books to be published in English are Corpus; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity; The Truth of Democracy; Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II; Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality; The Pleasure in Drawing, Identity; After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes, and, with Frederico Ferrari, Being Nude: The Skin of Images (all Fordham).

Marie-Eve Morin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta in Canada. She is the author of Jean-Luc Nancy.

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