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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279944

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.001.0001

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The Eye

The Eye

Chapter:
(p.54) The Eye
Source:
Portrait
Author(s):

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Sarah Clift, Simon Sparks
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.003.0008

In one way or another though, the portrait is in some sense aimed at a distant and unattainable reality, one in relation to which it is measured and thought. The portrait is turned toward the recoil, removal, or withdrawal of an alterity and it is only exposed to our gazes in order to show us how it is exposed to this alterity. More precisely, the alterity of its “subject”—in the pictorial sense, its figure, as well as in the ontological sense, the ipseity within the figure—opens the retreat and carries away the withdrawal, the interminable sliding toward a depth whose thin surface in two dimensions indicates that it is unfathomable....

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