THIS IS ONE-HALF OF NANCY'S SYSTEM: Jean-Luc Nancy likes to approach philosophical problems in two-volume sets. He just finished his philosophy of religion as "dis-enclosure" and "adoration"; and both volumes were excellent. But during the years of 1993-1997, Nancy was interested in the structure of "being". (I'm using french publication dates here). Nancy's philosophy is best depicted as a "triad consisting of: (1). Hegel; (2). Kierkegaard; and (3). Nancy. Precisely stated Nancy is neo-kierkegaardian and neo-Hegelian. He does not reside in only one camp. Because of this deeper sense of personality to his thought, he approached the structure of being by first publishing "the sense of the world" in 1993. This book was to portray his consummate position, and it did. And, in the process, Nancy borrowed extensively from Kierkegaard's "Sickness unto death". The presentation was brilliant and powerful and presented the neo-kierkegaardian stance of Nancy' system. OK, that's half-done.
four years later in 1997, Nancy published this presentation of the structure-of- being, but within the context of Hegel's thought rather than Kierkegaard . Personally, I feel he is the post-modern Kierkegaard; but prefers using Hegel's model of psychology. Both of these works inform each other. Yes, you can enjoy them individually, but you'll get huge benefits by allowing them to inform each other.
In "the sense of the world", Nancy presents a 7-step process from the formation of "world" in the unconscious to the positing of the notion which enlists "punctuation" and "enchaining". In this volume he presents a system beginning with "restlessness" and proceeding through the cycle of "singularities-in-tension" and the "hollowing-out" of the "eye-of-the-needle" for passage to the "other" of true-being.
he gives an excellent presentation of "awakening" in this volume as: resemblance, alterity, and exteriority . He also has an interesting presentation of the mediation of language as: revelation, enunciation, new birth, and ethical articulation. All of these are "history-making".
as usual, Nancy writes concise chapters and precisely divides the chapters according to moments in the process . Nancy is my philosopher of choice for the post-modern age and this book also will warrant 5 stars.