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What's These Worlds Coming To?$
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Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurélien Barrau

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263332

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263332.001.0001

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More than One

More than One

Chapter:
(p.8) More than One
Source:
What's These Worlds Coming To?
Author(s):

Jean-Luc Nancy

Aurélien Barrau

, Travis Holloway, Flor Méchain
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263332.003.0002

This chapter analyzes several terms and presents a play on words such as nothing being no thing, not any one thing, not a one, which is really something (referring to the nothing). After this play of words, it becomes clearer that nothing is meant in the form of the infinite. But this no thing is not nihilism. Similarly the di of the word division and the re of the word repetition are shown as making one more, an addition, to a series. These words, as well as some more, are finally brought to a climax by a unity of the world which can be thought of as the nonnumerable unity of Being, of no other but the ternary essence of the infinite. Finally, wealth is also presented as desiring more than one, so that this makes our civilization preoccupied and obsessed because it lies between the one that adds and the one that takes away.

Keywords:   nonnumerable unity, unity of Being, ternary essence, nothing

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