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What's These Worlds Coming To?

What's These Worlds Coming To? (Hardback)

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Our contemporary challenge, according to Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurelien Barrau, is that a new world has stolen up on us. We no longer live in a world, but in worlds. We do not live in a universe anymore, but rather in a multiverse. We no longer create; we appropriate and montage. And we no longer build sovereign, hierarchical political institutions; we form local assemblies and networks of cross-national assemblages- and we do this at the same time as we form multinational corporations that no longer pay taxes to the state. In such a time, one of the world's most eminent philosophers and an emerging astrophysicist return to the ancient art of cosmology. Nancy and Barrau's work is a study of life, plural worlds, and what the authors call the struction or rebuilding of these worlds.

Nancy and Barrau invite us on an uncharted walk into barely known worlds when an everyday French idiom, "What's this world coming to?," is used to question our conventional thinking about the world. We soon find ourselves living among heaps of odd bits and pieces that are amassing without any unifying force or center, living not only in a time of ruin and fragmentation but in one of rebuilding. Astrophysicist Aurelien Barrau articulates a major shift in the paradigm of contemporary physics from a universe to a multiverse. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Nancy's essay "Of Struction" is a contemporary comment on the project of deconstruction and French poststructuralist thought. Together Barrau and Nancy argue that contemporary thought has shifted from deconstruction to what they carefully call the struction of dis-order.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: metaphysics & ontologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 -Deconstructionism, Structuralism, Post-structuralismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 -Phenomenology & Existentialism Publisher: Fordham University Press Publication Date: 15/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9780823263332  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Universite Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. His wide-ranging thought is developed in many books, including The Banality of Heidegger; The Possibility of a World; The Disavowed Community; Ego Sum; and, with Adele Van Reeth, Coming (all Fordham). AURELIEN BARRAU works in the CNRS Laboratory for Subatomic Physics and Cosmology and is Professor of Physics at Joseph Fourier University. Travis Holloway (with Flor Mechain) previously translated What's These Worlds Coming To? by Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurelien Barrau. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College. Flor Mechain (with Travis Holloway)previously translated What's These Worlds Coming To? by Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurelien Barrau. Mechain is a professional translator. David Pettigrew is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University.

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