This existence is not life as unmediated fondness for, and perpetuation of, self, nor is it its death. But the “dying” of which Blanchot speaks — and which is not at all to be confused with the cessation of living, but which on the contrary is the living or “sur-viving” named by Derrida so close to Blanchot — shapes the movement of the incessant approach to absenting as true meaning, annulling in it any trace of nihilism.

Jean-Luc Nancy (tr. C. Mandell)


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