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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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Book Open and Closed

Book Open and Closed

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(p.31) Book Open and Closed
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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/9780823230365.003.0007

The book opens and closes on the unique character whose tracing it contains. Hence, it presents two aspects that are intimately dependent on each other: it is stitched and bound, it holds together as a body and forms a volume (that is the sense of the ancient volumen, the scroll that could be rolled around or unrolled from a core of wood or metal, ivory, reed, or bone), but at the same time it is discontinuous and a sheaf of leaves, the codex of stitched pages whose consistency only ever holds together by a thread. There was already codex in the volumen, just as there remains something of the latter in the former.

Keywords:   book, codex, volumen

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