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Sandrine Israel-Jost: How Does Nancy Pursue the Thought of the Milieu by Other Means?
How Does Nancy Pursue the Thought of the Milieu by Other Means?
(p. 249 – 264)

Sandrine Israel-Jost

How Does Nancy Pursue the Thought of the Milieu by Other Means?

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Jean-Luc Nancy is a prolific thinker, not only because of an abundant body of work —more than a hundred titles—but also and above all because his thought, in opening, encourages and invites to think what he himself has not themed. So it is with the category of “milieu”. This category, of which G. Canguilhem in his time marked the contemporaneity, is more current than ever. It allows us to think differently about our world, and what makes the world is our world. Who makes the "we", when we think by the “milieu”?

This study consists in showing the conditions from which Nancy's thought can contribute in a powerful way to a thought of being-together from an ecosophical point of view.

How to think first by the relationship and not from a primordial subject? How, therefore, to think another subjectivity, beyond the reflexive subjectivity of the human?

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  • post-structuralism
  • ethics
  • deconstruction
  • community

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Sandrine Israel-Jost

Sandrine Israel-Jost teaches philosophy at the HEAR (Haute École des Arts du Rhin), in Strasbourg. She was the student and doctoral student of Jean-Luc Nancy. She is the author of a doctoral thesis in philosophy on the concept of contingency which she tries, starting from a dialogue between Aristotle and Nietzsche, to think about the present and not the future. She has published articles focusing mainly on the links between literature and philosophy or between art, aesthetics and ecology/ecosophy. A work on the problem of “milieu”, based on Hippocrates and D.W. Winnicott, is in preparation. She is an associate member of Crephac (Centre de recherche en philosophie allemande et contemporaine, Strasbourg), and is Vice-President of ARPPS (Association pour les rencontres Philosophie-Psychanalyse, Strasbourg).
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Susanna Lindberg (ed.), Artemy Magun (ed.), ...: Thinking With—Jean-Luc Nancy

With this book, we would like to resume the passionate conversation that Jean-Luc Nancy was engaged in throughout his life, with philosophers and artists from all over the world. Now that he has passed away, it is not enough for us to simply reflect on his work: we would like to stay true to the stance to which his thought invites us, in a pluralistic and communal way. Jean-Luc Nancy takes up the old philosophical question of truth as a praxis of a with — understanding truth without any given measure or comparison as an articulation of a with. It is a thinking responsible for the world from within the world, a language that seeks to respond to the ongoing mutation of our civilization.


With contributions by Jean-Christophe Bailly, Rodolphe Burger, Marcia Sá Calvacante Schuback, Marcus Coelen, Alexander García Düttmann, Juan-Manuel Garrido, Martta Heikkilä, Erich Hörl, Valentin Husson, Sandrine Israel-Jost, Ian James, Apostolos Lampropoulos, Nidesh Lawtoo, Jérôme Lèbre, Susanna Lindberg, Michael Marder, Artemy Magun, Boyan Manchev, Dieter Mersch, Hélène Nancy, Jean-Luc Nancy, Aïcha Liviana Messina, Ginette Michaud, Helen Petrovsky, Jacob Rogozinski, Philipp Stoellger, Peter Szendy, Georgios Tsagdis, Marita Tatari, Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Aukje van Rooden.