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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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11.5 Vanishing mediation

Unlike Cavarero and Levinas, who resolutely take just one of these sides as the final truth about narrative, Nancy seems to be allowing the narrative to be twosided, at once constative and performative, pre-modern and modern. If community is founded by pre-modern representational or constative narrative, then it is unworked by modern self-referential or performative narrative. This prevents a sharp opposition between literature and philosophy, which, though differently rendered, takes place in both Cavarero and Levinas. For Nancy, philosophy is always already inherent to narrative just as narrative is to philosophy. As an adherent to deconstruction, he prefers mutual implication to sharp oppositions: no pole, however ...

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