The philosopher’s voice: Index n.50

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50. La dénégation des types, tant individuels que collectifs, est une conséquence de l’impératif antiraciste qu’il nous est devenu nécessaire d’assumer. Pauvre nécessité, pourtant, qui nous oblige à effacer ces airs de famille, ces ressemblances vagues mais insistantes, ces mélanges touchants ou amusants des effets de la génétique, de la mode, des divisions sociales, des âges, et au milieu desquels émerge avec plus de relief l’incomparable de chacun(e). From 58 INDICES SUR LE CORPS et EXTENSION DE L’ÂME. Éditions Nota bene, Québec, 2004.

50. The denial of types, individual as well as collective, is a result of the antiracist imperative we’ve had to adopt. A poor necessity, however, since it obliges us to efface family likenesses, those vague but insistent similarities, touching or amusing blends of the effects of genetics, fashion, social divisions, ages, from the midst of which there emerges, and with greater distinctness, what is incomparable in each person. From Fifty-eight Indices on the Body (Corpus), Jean-Luc Nancy. New York, Fordham University Press, 2008.

50. Il disconoscimento dei tipi, tanto individuali che collettivi, è una conseguenza dell’imperativo antirazzista che ci è diventato necessario assumere. Necessità povera, tuttavia, che ci obbliga a cancellare quelle arie di famiglia, quelle somiglianze vaghe ma insistenti, quei miscugli commoventi o divertenti degli effetti della genetica, della moda, delle divisioni sociali, delle età in cui emerge con più rilievo il carattere ineguagliabile di ciascuno(a). From Jean-Luc Nancy, Indizi sul corpo. Ananke Edizioni, Torino, 2009

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