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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 Commerce of Thinking

The Commerce of Thinking

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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/9780823230365.003.0009

The book always and only goes from Idea to Idea. Its opening, its enlivened and loosened pages—followed from right to left and from top to bottom, or in the opposite directions and following every possible combination—its patient and meticulous readings as well as its greedy and hurried ones, its studies, commentaries, glosses, analyses, plagiarisms and parodies, only spread ever more widely, ever more impalpably, the substance of its Idea, which ends up losing itself by finding itself metamorphosed, metempsychosed, or metaphorized into other books, into innumerable volumes, booklets, lampoons, essays, pamphlets, opuscules become volumes themselves once more, folios, quartos, octavos, into indefinitely multiplied issues that disperse into the air the dust of sense and ashes of the Idea, an Idea in ashes not for having been put on the pyre, but for having been liberally scattered into the vast cosmos through which shines the star shower of the Idea.

Keywords:   book, bookstore, thinking, Idea

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