I love India, but my India is an idea and not a geo graphical expression. Therefore
I am not a patriot— I shall forever seek my compatriots all over the world.
Rabindranath Tagore
So long as the seeing is something to see, it is not the real one; only when the
seeing is no- seeing—that is, when the seeing is not a specific act of seeing into a
definitely circumscribed state of consciousness—is it the “seeing into one’s self-
nature.” Paradoxically stated, when seeing is no- seeing there is real seeing; when
hearing is no- hearing there is real hearing.
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Turning outside to inside over and over, turning the inside out: what he is waiting
for is not there—visibly; that which is not, neither the outside nor the inside.
Michel Deguy, “Catachreses”
In the context of Jean- Luc Nancy’s “Euryopa: Le regard au loin,” a short
and baffling text written in 1994, Rudolphe Gasché explains how Nancy
raises the philosophical question of Eu rope by investigating the question
of the world, sense, finitude, and horizon— a pregnant and operative
clutch of terms that our book prefers to settle with by thinking across con-
tinents. Gasché explains:
Nancy’s starting point is the admittedly questionable etymological mean-
ing of Eu rope, Euryopa—originally an epithet of Zeus, meaning, either
wide- eyed, or far- sounding (i.e. thundering). Der Kleine Pauly renders it as
“far- sounding and looking far into the distance” and goes on to mention
another pos si ble but equally questionable etymology, to which Nancy
also has recourse, namely the semitic pre- Greek ereb, obscurity. Accord-
ing to this origin, the name “Eu rope,” to cite Nancy, “would mean: the
one who looks in the distance (or, as well, the one whose voice is
farsounding).” But Nancy brings to bear the other pos sible etymology
ranjan ghosh
INTRODUCTION
Thinking across Continents
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