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Marita Tatari: „I am only asking that philosophy looks over its shoulder a little.“ Nancy’s Standpoint 
„I am only asking that philosophy looks over its shoulder a little.“ Nancy’s Standpoint 
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Marita Tatari

„I am only asking that philosophy looks over its shoulder a little.“ Nancy’s Standpoint 

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Α rigorous engagement with Nancy’s thought remains difficult as long as his standpoint, that is, the site  of his thought, remains unaccounted for. And although the primary conundrum  of his work has remained largely constant, there are distinct shifts from his earlier writings that have become evident. To what can these be attributed? In whose name did they arise? This paper first introduces these shifts along with some of the fields of research that they have opened. It then emphasizes the importance of the historicity of sense for understanding these shifts, and discusses Nancy’s understanding of history in indicating its significant overlaps with Arendt’s, despite several key differences––the overlaps that help us discover the site of his thinking. This site lies on a trajectory that swerves from the autonomy of logos. The essay shows that the question of the site of Nancy‘s thinking is essential, not only for understanding his conception of history, but also because today it is indispensable, in response to the evident colonial foundations of all philosophical universalisms, which must be called on to answer for their standpoints.

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Marita Tatari

Marita Tatari

is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Patras, Greece. She specializes in continental aesthetics. She earned her PhD at the University of Marc Bloch in Strasbourg with Jean-Luc Nancy and her habilitation at the Ruhr University Bochum. She was a Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation at UC Berkeley and at the ZfL Berlin. She has taught at the Humboldt University Berlin, the University of the Arts in Berlin, and at the Universities of Basel, Bochum, Dresden, Leipzig, and Crete. She was visiting Professor of Contemporary Aesthetics at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and at the Braunschweig University of Art. Among her publications are the books: Kunstwerk als Handlung–Transformationen von Ausstellung und Teilnahme, Fink 2017; Orte des Unermesslichen –Theater nach der Geschichtsteleologie (ed.), diaphanes 2014; Heidegger et Rilke – Interprétation et partage de la poésie, L’Harmattan 2013; Ästhetische Universalität – Vom fortbestehenden Wir, Metzler (forthcoming).
Other texts by Marita Tatari for DIAPHANES
Susanna Lindberg (ed.), Artemy Magun (ed.), ...: Thinking With—Jean-Luc Nancy

With this book, we would like to resume the passionate conversation that Jean-Luc Nancy was engaged in throughout his life, with philosophers and artists from all over the world. Now that he has passed away, it is not enough for us to simply reflect on his work: we would like to stay true to the stance to which his thought invites us, in a pluralistic and communal way. Jean-Luc Nancy takes up the old philosophical question of truth as a praxis of a with — understanding truth without any given measure or comparison as an articulation of a with. It is a thinking responsible for the world from within the world, a language that seeks to respond to the ongoing mutation of our civilization.


With contributions by Jean-Christophe Bailly, Rodolphe Burger, Marcia Sá Calvacante Schuback, Marcus Coelen, Alexander García Düttmann, Juan-Manuel Garrido, Martta Heikkilä, Erich Hörl, Valentin Husson, Sandrine Israel-Jost, Ian James, Apostolos Lampropoulos, Nidesh Lawtoo, Jérôme Lèbre, Susanna Lindberg, Michael Marder, Artemy Magun, Boyan Manchev, Dieter Mersch, Hélène Nancy, Jean-Luc Nancy, Aïcha Liviana Messina, Ginette Michaud, Helen Petrovsky, Jacob Rogozinski, Philipp Stoellger, Peter Szendy, Georgios Tsagdis, Marita Tatari, Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Aukje van Rooden.