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  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804721890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804721899
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By barryb on October 7, 2013
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WHEN JEAN-LUC TRANSITIONED FROM HEGEL TO HIMSELF: In 1997, Jean-Luc actually had compiled a complete philosophical system of his own making. But he did not begin that way. He began as an expositor of Hegel. This book from 1993 reveals to us the emergence of Jean-Luc's own voice. The "Birth to Presence" could be subtitled as his own birth. But his unique post-modern position will arise quickly here and it is very informative for understanding his later work:

This book actually includes two books within its cover: 1st book is "existence". Pp. 1-207. The 2nd book is "poetry". Pp. 211-395. This will be a review of the first book : "EXISTENCE".

1. BIRTH OF THE SOUL: pp.9-36. The "soul" for Jean-Luc is equated with the explored unconscious mind. This unconscious mind is destined to become the motivational "pulsating-unconscious-soul". It arrives here by passing through: 1. The indifferent soul; 2. The hypnotized soul; 3. And the affected soul. Every moment is dealt with in detail and immediately directs us to the meeting of "borders" at the limit-point; which we have become accustomed to in Jean-Luc. Each stage will present its: aspects; state; tendency; and "knowing". There is no transition to consciousness here. The soul resides exclusively in the unconscious.

2. BIRTH OF "PHONOLOGY". Pp. 36-48 : In this "book-of-births", Jean-Luc next introduces the reader to the task of consciousness. He has given us a soul; and now it is time to go to work. Within consciousness, the self finds itself situated in "abandonment". We are left in a state of "suspension", where metaphysical meanings and language no longer apply. We must turn to a new idea of love as "inversion".
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tony See on June 30, 2005
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Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading philosophers in Europe today. What one encounters in his work is an intensity of thought, a path of thinking, that reaches into the question of birth and presence. Together with his other works such as The Sense of the World, Being Singular Plural, this constitutes one of those "must-reads" for students of continental philosophy.
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