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Doing (The French List)

Doing (The French List)

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Publication Date: December 11th, 2020
Seagull Books
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In Doing, Jean-Luc Nancy, one of the most prominent and lucid articulators of contemporary French theory and philosophy, examines the precarious but urgent relationship between being and doing. His book is not so much a call to action as a summons to more vigorous thinking, the examination and reflection that must precede any effective action. The first section of the book considers this matter tersely: Jean-Luc Nancy’s quickness of language and grace of humor lead the reader carefully past the dangers of oversimplification, toward a general awareness of meaningful being. In the last section, Nancy examines the realities of terrorist actions—specifically those that shocked Paris a few years ago, and more generally the frightening world of politics without conscience, where conscience is the root of all thinking.

About the Author

Jean-Luc Nancy(1940–2021) was one of the great figures of post-modern philosophy and one of the most influential contemporary thinkers. He taught philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg and was visiting professor with the universities of Berkeley, Irvine, San Diego, and Berlin.

Charlotte Mandell has translated more than forty books, including several other works by Jean-Luc Nancy. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, the poet Robert Kelly.

Praise for Doing (The French List)

"Timely. . . . Patient, philosophically minded readers are sure to find food for thought."
— Publishers Weekly