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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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The Idea and Character of the Book

The Idea and Character of the Book

(p.8) The Idea and Character of the Book
On the Commerce of Thinking

Jean-Luc Nancy

Fordham University Press

If the Idea, in the acceptation that Plato conferred on the term, designates the veritable and intelligible Form—accomplished in its essence—of such and such a thing or reality (the Idea of man, of stone, of the lizard), then the Idea of the book could denote the delivery of an Idea. A book delivers [un livre livre]—it delivers, liberates, exposes, presents, manifests, reveals—a pure, essential and exclusive, inimitable, nonempirical form.

Keywords:   Plato, book, Idea, character

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