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Boyan Manchev: La philosophie éclatante or Jean-Luc Nancy and the Struggle for the World
La philosophie éclatante or Jean-Luc Nancy and the Struggle for the World
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Boyan Manchev

La philosophie éclatante or Jean-Luc Nancy and the Struggle for the World

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Taking up the line of Jean-Luc Nancy’s turn to the world, enacted in the early 1990s, the article proposes an attempt to mobilize Nancy’s philosophy of the world in the perspective of a modal ontology. The modal ontology implies the transition from a necessary Being to being by necessity. The world-to-come is a necessary world, a world emerging out of an irreducible contingency and yet necessarily affirmed by its own power—a power that must express itself, thus transforming the world in itself into a world for itself—by the free affirmation of the struggle for the world. Nancy’s philosophy of the worldthe world as sense—extends the modal horizon of philosophy opened up by Kant, the Romantic philosophers, Marx and Nietzsche—and by Spinoza before them all: philosophy’s task before the world is a task for the world—a desire and a struggle for the possibility of a world and for the necessity of the world. Jean-Luc Nancy persisted in this task with a breathtaking imagination and exemplary courage, creating a body of philosophy as intense as can be the promise of the just world to come.

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  • deconstruction
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Boyan Manchev

Boyan Manchev is a philosopher, Professor at the New Bulgarian University (Sofia), former Director of Program and Vice-President of the International College of Philosophy in Paris and Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is the author of fifteen books, among which are Freedom in Spite of Everything. Surcritique and Modal Ontology (2020), The New Athanor. Prolegomena to Philosophical Fantastic (vol. 1, 2020), Clouds. Philosophy of the Free Body (2019), Logic of the Political (2012), Miracolo (Lanfranchi, 2011), L’altération du monde: Pour une esthétique radicale (Lignes, 2009), La Métamorphose et l’instant – Désorganisation de la vie (La Phocide, 2009), The Body-Metamorphosis (2007), The Unimaginable (2003).
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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.