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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The Publication of the Unpublished

The Publication of the Unpublished

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(p.27) The Publication of the Unpublished
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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/9780823230365.003.0006

Of itself the book is untouched and sealed; it begins and ends in that sealing; it is always its own epitaph: here lies an illegible one. There is always a closed and inviolable book in the middle of every book that is opened, held apart between the hands that turn its pages, and whose every revolution, each turn from recto to verso begins again to fail to achieve its deciphering, to shed light on its sense. For that reason every book, inasmuch as it is a book, is unpublished, even though it repeats and replays individually, as each one does, the thousands of other books that are reflected in it like worlds in a monad. The book is unpublished [inédit], and it is that inédit that the publisher [éditeur] publishes.

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