The philosopher’s voice: Index n.10

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10. A body is also a prison for the soul. In it, the soul pays for a very serious crime whose nature is hard to discern. Which is why the body’s so heavy and awkward for the soul. It has to digest, sleep, excrete, sweat, be defiled, be hurt, fall ill.

From Fifty-eight Indices on the Body (Corpus)Jean-Luc Nancy. New York, Fordham University Press, 2008.

10. Le corps est aussi une prison pour l’âme. Elle y purge une peine dont la nature n’est pas facile à discerner, mais qui fut très grave. C’est pourquoi le corps est très lourd et très malaisé pour l’âme. Il lui faut digérer, dormir, excréter, suer, se salir, se blesser, tomber malade.

From 58 INDICES SUR LE CORPS et EXTENSION DE L’ÂME. Éditions Nota bene, Québec, 2004.

10. Il corpo è anche una prigione per l’anima. La pena che essa vi sconta ha una natura non facile da discernere, ma fu assai grave. È per ciò che il corpo è molto pesante e molto sco­modo per l’anima. Deve digerire, dormire, evacuare, sudare, sporcarsi, ferirsi, ammalarsi.

From Jean-Luc Nancy Indizi sul corpo. Ananke Edizioni, Torino, 2009

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