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Ego Sum

Jean-Luc Nancy


Published in 1979, Ego sum challenges, through a careful and unprecedented reading of Descartes’s writings, the picture of Descartes as the father of modern philosophy: the thinker who founded the edifice of knowledge on the absolute self-certainty of a Subject fully transparent to itself. While other theoretical discourses, such as psychoanalysis, have also attempted to subvert this Subject, Nancy shows how they always inadvertently reconstituted the Subject they were trying to leave behind. Nancy’s wager is that it is by returning to the moment of the foundation of modern subjectivity, a fou ... More

Keywords: body, cogito, René Descartes, Discourse on Method, fable, Meditations on First Philosophy, soul, subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823270613
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Universite Marc Bloch

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