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Im-Mundus or Nancy’s Globalizing-World-Formation

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2015. Im-Mundus or Nancy’s Globalizing-World-Formation. In: Sanja Dejanovic, ed. Nancy and the Political. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 219-244. ISBN 978-0748683185 [Book Section]


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Contrary to what many believe, Jean-Luc Nancy is not an alter-mondialiste and he does not advocate to go ‘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 to fight against this pernicious growth of the wasteland, to recall Nietzsche’s famous cry.

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Jean-Luc Nancy, philosophy, globalisation, politics

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08 May 2015 08:50

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03 Jan 2019 18:54


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