The Enunciation of the Subject: Sharing Jean-Luc Nancy’s Singular Plural in the Classroom

Ash Collins

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© 2014 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. Abstract: This article seeks to explore the implications of Jean-Luc Nancy’s reading of the subject for educational philosophy by connecting his re-interpretation of Descartes to his later thinking on what he names the ontological singular plural. Nancy’s re-imagining of the Cogito coalesces around the figure of the mouth (la bouche) through which the subject enunciates itself within the world. Reading this extension of the ego through the mouth as an enunciation of ontological singular plurality exposes a speaking subject that communicates via a sharing of its own being with other singular subjects. The article concludes that Nancy’s singular plural holds potential for affirming a substance-less subjectivity that can nevertheless serve as a locus of meaning in the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)774-785
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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