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The Decision Between UsArt and Ethics in the Time of Scenes$
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John Paul Ricco

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226717777

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226113371.001.0001

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: Naked Sharing

: Naked Sharing

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The Decision Between Us

John Paul Ricco

University of Chicago Press

In this chapter, the author reads a number of key texts by Jean-Luc Nancy on bodies, nakedness and being-with, in order to elaborate a theory of co-existence in terms of a shared exposure to the outside, an exterior spacing that is to be understood as lying no place other than right around and just between us. Focusing on Nancy's constant return to a posthumously published note by Freud on psyche, space, extension and non-knowledge, the author develops an argument for naked existence as other than simply a deprivation, negation or stripped down version of life. Drawing and elaborating upon Eve Sedgwick's notion of the peri-performative, the author redefines bodies as staging scenes of exposure to non-knowledge (Georges Bataille) that lies right around (peri) us, and that the author argues is to be understood as much as an ethical as an aesthetic space of co-existence.

Keywords:   Jean-Luc Nancy, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Eve Sedgwick, Naked, Exposure, Peri-performative

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