In the last concluding eleventh chapter, Nancy reiterates that an identity cannot be isolated in the chemical sense, but is a simple index for what comes, returns and transforms itself, for what leaves traces but never exists as a simple identity. That process comes from before the subject (“before any kind of possible identification”), and reaches further than any achieved subjectivity. One cannot appropriate or possess an identity. This is why the appropriation of identity “forms an ‘ex-appropriation,’ according to Derrida's expression,” for there is never a subject to return to. Each time, that subject “is different, both from others and from oneself, that is to say, different from any identity.”
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