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THE LARGER PICTURE IS PRESENTED: Jean-Luc Nancy has been the one post-modern thinker to eventually rise to the top. A thinker with real substantial thought for our post-modern times.

THE LARGER PICTURE IS PRESENTED: Jean-Luc Nancy has been the one post-modern thinker to eventually rise to the top. The project is an amazing success; and illustrates the author's deep understanding of the entire movement of french post-modern thinking. Nancy becomes an extension of the "big-3" in German philosophy: Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger.

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In each case it shows the way in which Nancy develops or moves beyond some of the key concerns associated with phenomenology, post-structuralism, and what could broadly be termed the post-modern.

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In each case it shows the way in which Nancy develops or moves beyond some of the key concerns associated with phenomenology, post-structuralism, and what could broadly be termed the post-modern. No keywords specified (fix it).

This introduction to the philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy gives an overview of his philosophical thought to date and situates it within the broader context of contemporary French and European thinking. The Fragmentary Demand: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy.

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This introduction to the philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy gives an overview of his philosophical thought to date and situates it within the broader context of contemporary French and European thinking. The book examines Nancy’s philosophy in relation to five specific areas: his account of subjectivity; his understanding of space and spatiality; his thinking about the body and embodiment; his political thought; and his contribution to contemporary aesthetics. In each case it shows the way in which Nancy develops or moves beyond some of the key concerns associated with phenomenology, post-structuralism, and what could broadly be termed the “post-modern.”

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Survivors
This book is by far the most useful of the half dozen commentaries on Nancy that I have read. It covers the great variety of texts by Nancy, and it relates those texts to each other as well as to Nancy’s critics and colleagues. The overall integrated comprehensiveness of James’ observations makes this study particularly valuable. While the style is very formal and academic, the careful consideration that James offers makes the effort of study well worth it.

I have now read more than a dozen of Nancy’s texts, so I cannot judge how this book might fit as a first contact with Nancy’s work. I can affirm that James knows his subject well. For those of us who are struggling to understand Nancy, this clear and effective analysis of Nancy’s profound and provocative contribution to philosophy and thinking provides the insights we need. It is at the top of my list of resources for help to appreciate the innovations that Nancy offers.

The 3 existing reviews above suggest some of the content. I need someone to explain Nancy. He is so original and comprehensive that keeping his thought of "sense" consistent is a greater demand than I am capable of at the moment. James pulls it off, with an ease that makes reading him a pleasure.

Addendum: I have just finished a careful new reading of the first chapter titled "Subjectivity." It situates Nancy in relation to Kant and Descartes, as well as Heidegger and Derrida. I finally now understand more of "syncopation," where Nancy asserts that it is a movement of engagement and withdrawal that is the best we can do to realize meaning and significance with language. That helps to distinguish the difference Nancy draws between truth and sense. Truth punctuates and sense enchains, he writes. Also it distinguishes the importance of writing, as it is fixed, when compared with speaking and thinking.
Wenes
THE LARGER PICTURE IS PRESENTED: Jean-Luc Nancy has been the one post-modern thinker to eventually rise to the top. A thinker with real substantial thought for our post-modern times. James, in recognizing this fact, devotes this text to drawing the reader into the larger context of Nancy's theory. The project is an amazing success; and illustrates the author's deep understanding of the entire movement of french post-modern thinking. Nancy becomes an extension of the "big-3" in German philosophy: Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger. James tells us that all three hover around a central problem; that of "presentation", or the eventual positing of the true. The issue first emerged with Kant who was stuck with a methodology of "schematism", where presentation is split into "darstellung" or the rational and "dichtung" or the metaphorical. Hegel tries to surpass the problem with "absolute spirit" but is trapped, according to Heidegger, in being situated in a dichotomy of "subject / object", which he cannot escape. Nancy feeds off Heidegger who also fails in presenting a "groundless subject"; and comes up with the radical post-modern notion of the imperative necessity of philosophy returning to its embeddedness in literature and aesthetics. James tells us this is where Nancy began in his early years. The later years must be filtered through this general conviction.

James assists us in reading that development and does an admirable job of doing so. He walks us through every aspect of the post-modern "philosophy-of-psychology" and brings out subtle detail I had previously missed. And I have always felt confident in my reading of Nancy.

to do this, James must read Kant as a post-modern . (This s a "bonus gift" to the reader; great additional material). Husserl's influence is characterized in the intuitive stage. And Lacan gets his due in the transitional phase between the unconsciousness and consciousness.

Kant fairly rules in consciousness, with the exception of Nancy's critical addition of the "5" axioms of "presentation".

he simply dedicates his energy to the unconscious and consciousness. Positing, externality, and mediation get supplemental coverage, but not in the heart of the critical text.

To me this book is "valuable". Nancy is where you should eventually arrive after wading through Derrida, Badiou, Zizek, and many others. Once you reach Nancy; Ian James should be on your "essential" list. Enjoy the discovery. "5" stars for excellent research.
Rollers from Abdun
I've read most of Nancy's works in translation and a good deal of the available secondary literature out there, so I wasn't sure if picking up this new volume would be that enlightening... but it certainly is.

James covers much ground, but also manages to deftly situate and explicate the core facets of Nancy's work (from his early works on Nietzsche and Descartes even, to develop his core thinking on subjectivity... this in particular is very useful, not only because it shows Nancy's thought evolving from within the milieu of french philosophy and in his approach to such canonical thinkers, but especially because these early works are not readily available to an English speaking audience).

Throughout, this is first class scholarship, and should be of interest to anyone working in philosophical study of community and political thought, notions of ontology and the subject, or aesthetics.

and don't ask me why I titled my review "yes yes y'all" I just had that in my head for no reason.
Raelin
I found Nancy very difficult and this book really helped and made me want to read more.
The Fragmentary Demand: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy download epub
Philosophy
Author: Ian James
ISBN: 0804752702
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2006)
Pages: 290 pages