Jean-Luc Nancy  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Jean-Luc Nancy (born July 26, 1940) is a French philosopher. His first introduction to philosophy was in his youth in the Catholic environment of Bergerac.

It is evident from his first publications that Nancy has been influenced by many varied and diverse thinkers. He has written Le Discours de la Syncope (1976) and L’Impératif Catégorique (1983) on Kant, La remarque spéculative (translated as The Speculative Remark, 2001) on Hegel, Ego sum (1979) on Descartes and Le Partage des Voix (1982) on Heidegger. Other major influences include Derrida, Bataille, Blanchot and Nietzsche. His first book, published in 1973, was titled Le Titre de la Lettre (The Title of the Letter), and was written in collaboration with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. In this critical study of the work of Jacques Lacan, Nancy’s main critique of psychoanalysis is that Lacan puts the metaphysical subject to task but does so in a manner couched in metaphysics. Nancy has continued to critique psychoanalytic concepts since this book, believing ideas like the Law, Father, Other and Subject to be worth studying but warning against the theological remnants embedded in psychoanalytical language.

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