Jean-Luc Nancy is widely considered to be one of the most influential intellectuals in the world. He is a French philosopher, writer, and film theorist and Emeritus Professor at Strasbourg University. He is the author of more than one-hundred books and at least ten books have been published on his work including Jacques Derrida’s Le Toucher (2000). He has published hundreds of texts.

Nancy’s philosophy focuses on many themes and topics supreme among them include Community, Deconstruction, Ontology, Globalization, Deconstructing Christianity, Sovereignty, and Arts and Culture.

Professor Nancy has delivered two seminars on Deconstruction with Giovanni Tusa for The Global Center for Advanced Studies.

Major Works (selected)

  • La Remarque spéculative (Un bon mot de Hegel), Paris, Galilée, 1973.

  • La titre de la lettre, Paris, Galilée, 1973 (with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe)

  • Le Discours de la syncope. I. Logodaedalus, Paris, Flammarion, 1975.

  • L'absolu littéraire. Théorie de la littérature du romantisme allemand, Paris, Seuil, 1978 (with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe).

  • Ego sum, Paris, Flammarion, 1979.

  • Le partage des voix, Paris, Galilée, 1982.

  • La communauté désoeuvrée, Paris, Christian Bourgois, 1983.

  • L'Impératif catégorique, Paris, Flammarion, 1983.

  • L'oubli de la philosophie, Paris, Galilée, 1986.

  • Des lieux divins, Mauvezin, T.E.R, 1987.

  • L'expérience de la liberté, Paris, Galilée, 1988.

  • Une Pensée Finie, Paris, Galilée, 1990.

  • Le poids d'une pensée, Québec, Le griffon d'argile, 1991.

  • Le mythe nazi, La tour d'Aigues, L'Aube, 1991 (with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe)

  • La comparution (politique à venir), Paris, Bourgois, 1991 (with Jean-Chrisophe Bailly).

  • Corpus, Paris, Métailié, 1992.

  • The birth to presence, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1993.

  • Les Muses, Paris, Galilée, 1994.

  • Être singulier pluriel, Paris, Galilée, 1996.

  • Hegel. L'inquiétude du négatif, Paris, Hachette, 1997.

  • L'Intrus, Paris, Galilée, 2000.

  • Le regard du portrait, Paris, Galilée, 2000.

  • La pensée dérobée. Paris, Galilée, 2001.

  • The evidence of film. Bruxelles, Yves Gevaert, 2001.

  • La création du monde ou la mondialisation. Paris, Galilée, 2002.

Major works translated into English (selected)

  • The Inoperative Community (1991). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

  • The Birth to Presence (1993): Stanford University Press.

  • The Experience of Freedom (1993). Stanford University Press.

  • The Gravity of Thought (1997). New Jersey: Humanities Press.

  • Retreating the Political (1997). With Lacoue-Labarthe (edited by Simon Sparks). London: Routledge.

  • The Sense of the World (1998). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

  • Being Singular Plural (2000). Stanford University Press

The Jean-Luc Nancy Strasbourg Seminar


“Philosophy and/or Beyond Today”

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Basic Information

Title: Philosophy and/or Beyond Today

Description: Today we enter such a time of deep mutation that it becomes thinkable that "philosophy" has to change its own understanding from within. This seminar will explore how to think philosophy, today, beyond, and within the rhythm of the lack of meaning in the echo of a “heart-beat.”


  1. “Today, what about Philosophy?” [April 16]

  2. “Beyond : How is it possible to think beyond?” [April 17]

  3. "The lack of meaning has a heart-beat" (Cobrad Aiken) [April 18]

Format: This seminar will be in person and will not be streamed online.

Dates: April 15, 16, 17, & 18 (see schedule below)

Registration Fee:

250€ for Professors

150€ for Students, Post-Docs, Public

Participants are responsible for their own accomodation (lodging, travel, food etc.). GCAS, GCAS College Dublin takes no responsibilities.

Registration deadline: 15 March, 2019

After the registration deadline you will receive the seminar readings from Prof. Jean-Luc Nancy

Language: Prof. Jean-Luc Nancy speaks fluent English, but the seminar will be given in French. Please specify in the form below if you need translation services.

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Visa: GCAS College Dublin is not responsible for issuing a Visa. Please contact the authorities if you need a Visa to attend this seminar.


Seminar Organizers

Prof. Giovanni Tusa

Prof. Creston Davis

Seminar Schedule