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Identity: Fragments, Frankness

Jean-Luc Nancy


Identity. Fragments, Frankness is a dense and powerful essay on the notion of identity and on how it plays in our contemporary world. In contrast with various attempts to cling to established identities, and to enclose identity within dubious agendas, Nancy shows that an identity is always open: to alterity and its transformations. Ultimately one does not have an identity but has to become what one is, without ever returning to a same but solely to difference and singularity. Jean-Luc Nancy shows the impasse of a certain conception of identity, as the “identity of the identifiable,” which alwa ... More

Keywords: Nation, Identity, France, National identity, Selfhood, People

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256105
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg