By Jean-Luc Nancy
The epoch of illustration is as previous because the West. certainly, illustration is the West, understood as what immediately designates and expands its personal limits. yet what comes after the West? What comes after representation's disclosure of its personal limit?
The valuable challenge posed in those essays, accumulated from over a decade of labor, is how within the wake of Western ontologies to conceive the arrival, the birth that characterizes being. we're now on the restrict of illustration, the place items as we adventure them were exhibit to be basically items of representation―or relatively, of presentation, due to the fact that there's not anything to (re)present. the 1st a part of this ebook, "Existence," asks how, at the present time, you will supply feel of desiring to life as such, arguing that lifestyles itself, because it comes nude into the area, needs to now be our "sense."
In studying what this start to presence could be, we must always no longer ask what presence "is"; quite we should always conceive presence as presence to an individual, together with to presence itself. This beginning isn't the structure of an id, however the unending departure of an identification from, and from inside, its different, or others. Its coming isn't really hope yet jouissance, the enjoyment of averring oneself to be constantly within the kingdom of being born―a rejoicing of start, a beginning of rejoicing.
The moment part, "Poetry," asks: What artwork exposes this? In writing, within the voice, in portray? And what if artwork is uncovered to it? How does it inscribe (or relatively, "exscribe," in a time period the booklet develops) the arrival lifestyles as such? The author's trajectory during this publication crosses these of Hegel, Schlegel, Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Freud, and Heidegger, of their reviews on artwork and politics, lifestyles and corporeality, daily life and its modes of lifestyles and ecstasy. An research that dares this crossing contains the entire various money owed of lifestyles, political in addition to philosophical, and the entire nation-states of poverty.