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On the Commerce of Thinking$
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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230365

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230365.001.0001

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On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores

On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores

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On the Commerce of Thinking

Jean-Luc Nancy

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The book cannot be identified as a distinct object or as a defined class of objects. It is far from being assimilable to the printed volume, even if it confers upon that volume certain of its most noteworthy values, including, in the very first place, the value of Idea in itself enfolded and of itself unravelable by means of which we truly identify a “book” when we use that word precisely in order to distinguish it from volume and from work. That is how the Latin word liber traced its modern destiny, changing from “printed book” to simply “book,” in its absolute sense, the absolute book if not the absolute as book.

Keywords:   books, liber, printed book

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