Jean-Luc Nancy and the spacing of the world

Laura McMahon

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Moving between Jean-Luc Nancy's reflections on world-forming, community and the artwork, this article argues that the question of space in Nancy's work raises key issues which connect the ethical and the political to the aesthetic. Nancy configures space in terms of the sharing and distribution of singular plural beings, as that which disperses the totality of the global and extends as the condition of justice. Tracing this elaboration of space through Nancy's writings on sculpture and painting—attending in particular to questions of distinction and demarcation—this article suggests a reading of Nancy's thought as a perpetual attempt to do justice to the infinite and inexhaustible spacing of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-631
Number of pages9
JournalContemporary French and Francophone Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Jean-Luc Nancy
  • space
  • justice
  • ethics
  • politics
  • aesthetics


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