Jean-Luc Nancy, Obraz i przemoc. Wybór pism o sztuce,
[Image and Violence. Selection of writings on art]
Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow.
Jean-Luc Nancy (born 1940) belongs to the most noteworthy, most often commented on and translated contemporary French philosophers. After the death of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuz, or Jacque Derrid (who offered him a separate book pt. Le toucher), he is one of the last representatives of postmetaphysical French philosophy.
Nancy, author of such books as L'experience de la liberte, Une pensée finie, Corpus, La communauté desoeuvrée, Le partage de voix, Les Muses or L'être singulier pluriel, is not a academic-type philosopher, believing in the neutrality of her own discourse and ability to attain unquestionable truth. His style, strongly rooted in the French poetic style, unveils surprising passages between perceptions serving to describe human existence. His thinking constantly circles around three basic themes: human freedom in the context of society, human existence rooted in its body or art, and as existence dyspozycji podmiotu. You may most generally call these philosophical writing strategies existential deconstruction.
The presented series contains texts having to do with image, comprised of original propositions from the field of the philosophy of art. Image, says the philosopher, is not an ordinary show, but that, which touches podmiot, that which does not leave it in peace, enabling him at the same time to cross his own boundaries. Image is not a copy of reality in the post-image sense, but a sudden manifestation of presence, which requires intensive looking. For Nancy the art of image is not an object of academic research, but a pretext to solving the problem of human existence and way of life in this world. The experience of art through the experience of image is before all the experience of thinking and it is therefore fascinating.
The following series broadens the meaning of not only our familiarity with the author, (known up until now from his translation of the book Corpus), but also gives us an exceptional opportunity to get to know one of the most interesting esthetic propositions of our present times. The broad forward by M. P. Makowski allows is to fit Nancy's meditations on image and art in the broader context of his philosophy.