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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256105

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256105.001.0001

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Jean-Luc Nancy

, François Raffoul
Fordham University Press

In this introductory chapter, Fragments…, Nancy evokes the recent decision by the Sarkozy government to launch a national debate on “national identity,” expressing his stupefaction and outrage at this enterprise. Nancy thereby expresses is concern with respect to uncritical discourses of identity, a concern in the face of the possible dangers of dubious discourses of identity. “Fascisms were nothing else than a hypertrophy of identities swollen with the very empty idea of identity.” This debate “bears the shame of associating national identity and immigration.” Nancy thus proposes to develop a philosophical questioning on the term and concept of “identity”, object of this book.

Keywords:   Government, National Identity, Fascism, Immigration, Philosophy

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