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On the Commerce of Thinking

Jean-Luc Nancy


This book concerns the particular communication of thoughts that takes place by means of the business of writing, producing, and selling books. The author's reflection is born out of his relation to the bookstore, in the first place his neighborhood one, but beyond that any such “perfumery, rotisserie, patisserie,” as he calls them; dispensaries “of scents and flavors through which something like a fragrance or bouquet of the book is divined, presumed, sensed.” The book is thus not only something of a semiology of the specific cultural practice that begins with the unique character of the writ ... More

Keywords: bookstore, consumerism, sensuality, exchange economy, Marx, commodification, fetishism, Moebius strip, monumental form, title

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230365
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Luc Nancy, author