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Creation History: The Creation of The World, or Globalization

Creation History: The Creation of The World, or Globalization 122 Review Articles / Research in Phenomenology 38 (2008) 113–141 Creation History Jean-Luc Nancy. Th e Creation of Th e World, or Globalization , translated by François Raffoul and David Pettigrew. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. 129 pp. In the title of Jean-Luc Nancy’s text, Th e Creation of the World, or Globaliza- tion , 1 the reader is confronted by a set of logical relations invested with onto- logical import: Is one to understand the connective ‘or’ in an inclusive, exclusive, or indifferent manner? (29). What might it mean to take the title in all three senses? And what exactly is the philosophical problem underlying these relations? At issue, for Nancy, is the concern over the possible exhaustion of the world (i.e., with respect to meaning, sense, signification, inhabitants, and habitation as such). Th e question that Nancy’s three interlocking essays and appendix seek to explore is: how might humanity think this possible exhaustion in such a way as to let a new world (understood, in part, as the ‘totality of meaning’ for its inhabitants) emerge? How might we begin to cre- ate a world for our habitation? And how might we begin this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Creation History: The Creation of The World, or Globalization

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 38 (1): 122 – Jan 1, 2008

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916408X262839
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122 Review Articles / Research in Phenomenology 38 (2008) 113–141 Creation History Jean-Luc Nancy. Th e Creation of Th e World, or Globalization , translated by François Raffoul and David Pettigrew. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. 129 pp. In the title of Jean-Luc Nancy’s text, Th e Creation of the World, or Globaliza- tion , 1 the reader is confronted by a set of logical relations invested with onto- logical import: Is one to understand the connective ‘or’ in an inclusive, exclusive, or indifferent manner? (29). What might it mean to take the title in all three senses? And what exactly is the philosophical problem underlying these relations? At issue, for Nancy, is the concern over the possible exhaustion of the world (i.e., with respect to meaning, sense, signification, inhabitants, and habitation as such). Th e question that Nancy’s three interlocking essays and appendix seek to explore is: how might humanity think this possible exhaustion in such a way as to let a new world (understood, in part, as the ‘totality of meaning’ for its inhabitants) emerge? How might we begin to cre- ate a world for our habitation? And how might we begin this

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

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