The Creation of the World, Or, Globalization
by Nancy, Jean-Luc (2007)
Appearing in English for the first time, Jean-Luc Nancys 2002 book reflects on globalization and its impact on our being-in-the-world. Developing a contrast in the French language between two terms that are usually synonymous, or that are used interchangeably, namely globalisation (globalization) and mondialisation (world-forming), Nancy undertakes a rethinking of what world-forming might mean. At stake in this distinction is for him nothing less than two possible destinies of our humanity, and of our time. On the one hand, with globalization, there is the uniformity produced by a global economical and technological logic leading to the contrary of an inhabitable world, the un-world (lim-monde)as Nancy refers to itan un-world that entails social disintegration, misery, and injustice. And, on the other hand, there is the possibility of an authentic world-forming, that is, of a making of the world and of a making sense that Nancy calls a creation of the world. Nancy understands such world-forming in terms of an inexhaustible struggle for justice. This book is an important contribution by Nancy to a philosophical reflection on the phenomenon of globalization and a further development on his earlier works on our being-in-common, justice, and a-theological existence.
globalization makes world-forming possible, by way of a reversal of global domination consisting in the extortion of work, that is, of its value. therefore of value, absolutely. (p.36)
KeywordsTecnology, Nancy, Continental Philosophy, Globalisation, Economics, Mondialisation
ThemesThe Creation of the World, Nancy Citations
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