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A Time for the HumanitiesFuturity and the Limits of Autonomy$
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James J. Bono, Tim Dean, and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229192

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229192.001.0001

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Answering for Sense

Answering for Sense

(p.84) Chapter 5 Answering for Sense
A Time for the Humanities

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Jean-Christophe Cloutier
Fordham University Press

Jean-Luc Nancy declares that “all writing is committed” — what he means by this notion of commitment exceeds the programmatic sense of “committed writing” that knows in advance how the future should look. This chapter argues that to write is always to respond to, as well as to listen for the voice of an another, which involves an ethical commitment prior to any particular political commitment, just as it involves a consciousness of the non-human agency that resonates by means of any writing. Here the notion of creative autonomy is discredited.

Keywords:   committed writing, responding, listening, ethical commitment, political commitment

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