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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 Book's End in Itself

The Book's End in Itself

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(p.13) The Book's End in Itself
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On the Commerce of Thinking
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Jean-Luc Nancy

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230365.003.0003

The book lays out its end in itself and comports itself as the envelope of an interiority. A unity and a uniqueness are implied in it—although it is no more a question of bringing them to the light of day than it is ever of showing the “soul” of a “person”—and that implication is all the more certain and demanding for its explanation being excluded or infinite. The open/closed book declares itself to be the topology of an inside that is constantly turned over into its outside: every book is a Moebius strip, in itself therefore finite and infinite, infinitely finite on all sides, opening a new margin on each page, each margin becoming wider, with a greater capacity for sense and secrecy.

Keywords:   book, end in itself, interiority

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