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Jean-Luc Nancy and Adèle Van Reeth


Coming is a lyrical, erudite examination of the French notion of jouissance. How did jouissance evolve from referring to the pleasure of possessing a material thing (property, wealth) to the pleasure of orgasm, from appropriation to dis-appropriation, from consumption to consummation? The philosophers Adèle van Reeth and Jean-Luc Nancy engage in a lively dialogue touching on authors as varied as Spinoza, Hegel, Saint Augustine, the Marquis de Sade, Marguerite Duras, and Henry Miller, and on subjects ranging from consumerism to video games to mysticism. Four additional essays were added to the ... More

Keywords: consumerism, jouissance, mysticism, philosophy, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823273461
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

Adèle Van Reeth, author
France Culture Radio