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http://www.egs.edu/ Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, French philosopher and thinker talking about shattered love, demand, desire, lack, impossibility, heart, body, deconstruction, christianity, religion, philosophy, metaphysics, Jacques Lacan, community, civilization. Public open lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media an http://www.egs.edu/ Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. Public open lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2001. Jean Luc Nancy.
Jean-Luc Nancy, born 26 July 1940, is a French philosopher. His first introduction to philosophy was in his youth in the Catholic environment of Bergerac.
Jean-Luc Nancy graduated in philosophy in 1962 in Paris. He taught for a short while in Colmar, and then in 1968 he took on a position as an assistant at the Institut de Philosophie in Strasbourg. In 1973 he received his doctorate with a dissertation on Kant under the supervision of Paul Ricœur. He was then promoted to maître de conférences at the Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg. In the 1970s and 1980s he was guest professor at universities all over the world, from the University of California to the Freie Universität in Berlin. His international reputation has grown, and he has been invited as a cultural delegate of the French ministry of external affairs to speak in Eastern Europe, Britain and the United States. In 1987 Nancy received his docteur d'état from the Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirail, under the supervision of Gérard Granel and with a jury including Jean-François Lyotard and Jacques Derrida. It was published as L'expérience de la liberté (1988).
In the last part of the 1980s and early 1990s Nancy had to take a break from his active career because of illness. He underwent a heart transplant, and his recovery was made more difficult by a long-term fight with cancer. He stopped teaching and quit participation in almost all of the committees with which he was engaged; however he never stopped writing. Many of his best known texts were published during this time. A moving account of his experience entitled L'intrus (The Intruder) was published in 2000. Today he remains an active philosopher, speaking around the world at many philosophical congresses and writing ceaselessly. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Strasbourg . Filmmaker Claire Denis has made at least two movies inspired by Jean-Luc Nancy and his works. Many other artists have worked with Nancy as well, for example the artist Soun-gui Kim. Nancy has written about the filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and also appeared prominently in the film The Ister.
He is the author of Le Discours de la Syncope (1976) and L'Impératif Catégorique (1983) on Kant, La remarque spéculative (translated as The Speculative Remark, 2001) on Hegel, Ego sum (1979) on Descartes and Le Partage des Voix (1982) on Heidegger. Other major influences include Derrida, Bataille, Blanchot and Nietzsche. His first book, published in 1973, was titled Le Titre de la Lettre (The Title of the Letter), and was written in collaboration with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. In this critical study of the work of Jacques Lacan, Nancy's main critique of psychoanalysis is that Lacan puts the metaphysical subject to task but does so in a manner couched in metaphysics. Nancy has continued to critique psychoanalytic concepts since this book, believing ideas like the Law, Father, Other and Subject to be worth studying but warning against the theological remnants embedded in psychoanalytical language

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