The philosopher’s voice: Index n.35

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  1. The etymology of “possessing” is said to reside in the signification of “being seated on.” I’m seated on my body, a child or a dwarf riding on a blind man’s shoulders. My body’s sitting on me, crushing me with its weight.

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


  1. L’étymologie de «posséder» serait dans la signification de «être assis dessus». Je suis assis sur mon corps, enfant ou nain grimpé sur les épaules d’un aveugle. Mon corps est assis sur moi, m’écrasant sous son poids.

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


  1. L’etimologia di “possedere” sarebbe nel significato di “essere seduto sopra”. Sono seduto sul mio corpo, bambino o nano arrampicato sulle spalle di un cieco. Il mio corpo è seduto su di me, schiacciandomi sotto il suo peso.

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


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