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Jean-Luc Nancy and Pierre-Philippe Jandin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275403

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275403.001.0001

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Nihilism or Joy

Nihilism or Joy

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(p.127) 9 Nihilism or Joy
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The Possibility of a World
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Jean-Luc Nancy

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275403.003.0009

Nancy names the alternatives to nihilism as desire, joy, and jouissance. He offers a sort of genealogy of joy from Plato to Christianity to Protestantism to Modern Philosophy to Freud and contemporary life. He distinguishes joy from need and relates it to the greeting of a world.

Keywords:   Christianity, desire, jouissance, joy, nihilism, sexuality

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