A Finite Thinking

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.

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