Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 363–379

Right Outta’ Nowhere: Jean-Luc Nancy, phenomenon and event ex nihilo


DOI: 10.1007/s11007-012-9224-y

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Zangeneh, H. Cont Philos Rev (2012) 45: 363. doi:10.1007/s11007-012-9224-y


This essay proposes to read Jean-Luc Nancy’s references to creation ex nihilo as both an intervention in the French debate concerning eventness, and as a transformative rethinking of the status of phenomenality. Nancy’s position is roughly triangulated relative to key remarks from other thinkers and, above all, its distinctive components (temporality, negativity, spatiality) are elucidated through historical glosses. Articulating the overall architecture of this theory serves to illustrate the Heideggerian access to the event debate. It also deepens aspects only elliptically alluded to in Nancy’s own writing.


Nancy Phenomenality Event Heidegger 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversityStanislausUSA

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