Jean-Luc NANCY

Jean-Luc Nancy (b. 1940) is a French philosopher. He is the Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Chair and a professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS. Nancy graduated with a degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne (Paris) in 1962, where he worked with Georges Canguilhem. Nancy’s research is very diverse and his work challenges the modern idea of systematicity. Some of the philosopher’s most important topics are the question of community, the nature of the political, German Romanticism, psychoanalysis, literature, technology, and hermeneutics. His numerous books include La remarque spéculative (1973; The Speculative Remark), Le discours de la syncope. I. Logodaedalus (1976; The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus), La communauté désoeuvrée (1986; The Inoperative Commune) and Être singulier pluriel(1996; Being Singular Plural). Alongside his collaborations with different artists (e.g., choreographer Mathilde Monnier), Jean-Luc Nancy writes on contemporary art and regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues. While Nancy’s most important philosophical reflections on art can be read in the book Les Muses (1994; The Muses), he does not limit himself to theory and criticism, but has also written poetry and theatrical texts, including an adaptation of Goethe’s Faust, Part One for an installation by the artist Claudio Parmiggiani.
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