What's These Worlds Coming to? by Flor Mechain, Aurelien Barrau, Jean-Luc Nancy (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionOur contemporary challenge, according to Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurelien Barrau, is that a new world has stolen up on us. We longer live in a world, but in worlds. We do t live in a universe anymore, but rather in a multiverse. We longer create; we appropriate and montage. And we 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 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 kwn 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 t 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.
- Author BiographyJean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Universite Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. Among the most recent of his many books to be published in English are Corpus; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity; Noli me tangere: On the Raising of the Body; The Truth of Democracy; and Adoration: The Destruction of Christianity II (all Fordham). Aurelien Barrau works in the CNRS Laboratory for Subatomic Physics and Cosmology and is Professor of Physics at the Joseph Fourier University. Travis Holloway is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at SUNY-Stony Brook, a fellow in poetry at New York University. Flor Mechain holds an MA in literary translation from the University of Paris VII and is a translator of English, Spanish, and French. David Pettigrew is Professor of Philosophy at Souther Connecticut State University.
- Author(s)Aurelien Barrau,Flor Mechain,Jean-Luc Nancy
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2014
- Series TitleForms of Living
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Weight3 g
- Width145 mm
- Height218 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byTravis Holloway
- Foreword byDavid Pettigrew
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