Jean-Luc Nancy’s essay “A Finite Thinking” is about what happens after the loss of philosophy’s old resources. He has a difficult needle to thread: there is a sense in which nihilism has triumphed, but just as much, there is something about sense which resists that triumph. Since sense is the key term here, let’s provisionally define it in multiple senses: existential meaning, conceptual intelligibility, and empirical sensibility. If sense in any of these senses is to function, it must be finite, or open.
Terry Pinkard’s The Sociality of Reason and Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Restlessness of the Negative are two very different books, despite both being about Hegel. The most cursory glance reveals prose styles and concerns that are all but totally alien to one another, yet they share two major concerns: the social nature of reason or logos, and the unrelenting nature of skepticism or negativity.