The philosopher’s voice: Index n.38

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38. Nothing’s more singular than the sensuous, erotic, affective discharge that certain bodies produce in us (or inversely, the indifference that certain others leave us with). A certain build, a certain thinness, a certain hair colour, a bearing, a spacing of the eyes, a shoulder’s shape or movement, a chin, fingers, almost nothing, only an accent, a wrinkle, an irreplaceable feature … It’s not the body’s soul, but its spirit: its point, its signature, its smell.

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

38. Rien n’est plus singulier que la décharge sensible, érotique, affective que certains corps produisent sur nous (ou bien, inversement, l’indifférence où nous laissent certains autres). Telle conformation, tel type de minceur, telle couleur de cheveux, une allure, un écartement des yeux, un mouvement ou un dessin de l’épaule, du menton, des doigts, presque rien, mais un accent, un pli, un trait irremplaçable… C’est non pas l’âme, mais l’esprit d’un corps : sa pointe, sa signature, son odeur.

From 58 Indices sur le corps et Extension de l’âme. Éditions Nota bene, Québec, 2004.

38. Niente è più singolare della scarica sensibile, erotica, affettiva che certi corpi producono su di noi (oppure, inversamente, l’indifferenza in cui altri ci lasciano). Quella tale conformazione, quel tipo di magrezza, quel tipo di capelli, un’andatura, una distanza fra gli occhi, un movimento o un disegno della spalla, del mento, delle dita, quasi nulla, ma un accento, una piega, un tratto insostituibile… Non è l’anima, ma lo spirito di un corpo: la sua punta, la sua firma, il suo odore.

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

 

 

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