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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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(p.17) 5 Absolute

Jean-Luc Nancy

, François Raffoul
Fordham University Press

Chapter 5 enunciates two axioms: That an identity relates to a lineage; and that it demands a name. Regarding the first statement, Nancy attempts to show that an identity is never given in a simple equality with itself, and that it has to refer to an origin of itself (lineage). The I identifies itself. This lineage of the self is expressed through the famed expression of “Become who you are,” which Nancy interprets precisely as indicating that there is no given identity, but an open process, a “line” or lineage” of “existence that belongs to the self properly, absolutely, exclusively.” As for the name, it has no signification but designates the existence of the I (which has no identity, but is an identity in process), the proper, absolutely, of the self.

Keywords:   Identity, Lineage, Nancy, Name, The Self

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