French Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy with a Moleskine


Came across this clip of the great French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy
giving a talk at the European Graduate School sometime earlier this
year.  That appears to be a Moleskine on the table in front of him.
For those unfamiliar with his work, here is the Internet Encyclopedia
of Philosophy summary:

"The French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy
(1940) is becoming more and more popular. Up until now, he has written
more than twenty books and hundreds of texts or contributions to
volumes, catalogues and journals. His philosophical scope is very
broad: from On Kawara to Heidegger, from the sense of the world and the
deconstruction of Christianity to the Jena-romantics of the

Nancy is influenced by philosophers like
Jacques Derrida, Georges Bataille and Martin Heidegger. He became
famous with La communauté désoeuvrée (translated as The Inoperative
Community in 1991), at the same time a work on the question of
community and a comment on Bataille. He has also published books on
Heidegger, Kant, Hegel and Descartes. One of the main themes in his
work is the question of our being together in contemporary society. In
Être singulier pluriel (translated as Being Singular Plural in 2000)
Nancy deals with the question how we can still speak of a ‘we’ or of a
plurality, without transforming this ‘we’ into a substantial and
exclusive identity. What are the conditions to speak of a ‘we’ today?"

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