A collection of five essays of French philosopher Nancy, originally published in The Inoperative Community, Myth Interpreted, Literary Communism. : Inoperative Community (Theory and History of Literature) ( ): Jean-Luc Nancy: Books. Jean-Luc Nancy is a French philosopher. Nancy’s first book, published in , was Le titre de Discarding popular notions, Nancy redefines community, asking what can it be if it is reduced .. The work is a response to the Maurice Blanchot’s The Inoperative Community ()—see Jean-Luc Nancy, La communauté.

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In this respect, think again of the important role that the communitarians are playing nowadays, with very influential authors like Charles Taylor, Michael Sandel and Alasdair MacIntyre. Paperbackpages. This reluctance to talk about sovereignty on the one hand, and the full use of its symbolic values on the other, were the motivations for Nancy to write a text about the Gulf War.

Oct 06, tout rated it really liked it Shelves: Therefore, Nancy inoperagive, the longing for an original community is not a reference to a real period in our history. Nancy’s first book, published inwas Le titre de la lettre The Title of the Letter, a reading of the work of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan ejan, written in collaboration with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe.

The film focuses on the relation of politics, technology and myth. Rather, he argues, community can be defined through the political nature of its resistance against immanent power. In The Sense of the World he describes the Lacanian notion of the ‘Other’ as a ‘theological excrement’. I need to reread this in a couple years from now when I might have read and understood Heidegger, have been immersed in Bataille and Nietzsche How can Nancy, who explicitly writes against all nostalgia for provincialism, refer to Heidegger who withdrew into his hut in Todtnauberg?

From Heidegger, Nancy learnt that our being in the world with others determines us, before we can speak of a division between and individual and a community.


Ontology as Critique: On Jean-Luc Nancy’s Inoperative Community

Being in common means, to the contrary, no longer having, in any form, in any empirical or ideal place, such a substancial identity, and sharing this ‘lack of identity’. Besides offering an excellent analysis of the problem of community, this volume is an interesting introduction lud the author Nancy.

This is what philosophy calls ‘finitude’, and the following texts are entirely and uniquely devoted to an undertanding of it. Inopeartive with his ever-growing publication list, this began to procure Nancy an international reputation. For Nancy, the contingency of our naked existence is not in the first place a moral problem.

Thanks for telling us about inopfrative problem. View all commujity comments. Thinking through the problem of globalisation means for Nancy at the same time deconstructing Christianity. Nancy is thinking largely of the period of the German romantics, of Jean-Jacques Rousseau who left us a mythical natural community as a counterpoint to modern society, but the target of his analysis is also of contemporary communitarianisms, like Alasdair MacIntyre, who speak of the need for a return to pre-modern communities.

InNancy and Lacoue-Labarthe put an end to the activities of the Centre, because, according to them, its role as a place of encounter ‘had become almost completely dissociated from that as a place of research and questioning’.

The Inoperative Community — University of Minnesota Press

The truth of community, on the contrary, resides in the retreat of such a being. The coming together is not motivated by individual desire or collective insecurity, but inheres in the human situation as a passion for sharing. It does not, as religious, quasi-religious, and metaphysical philosophers argue he has in mind Martin Heidegger, but one could also name Alain Badioutransform humans from animals into men and women.

Retreating the Political The existence of the other is the necessary condition of freedom, rather than its limitation. Jan 27, Devrim rated it it was ok.

He wrote it with his philosophical partner Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. He stopped teaching and quit participating in almost all of the committees with which he was engaged, but continued to write.


From the moment that the measure for our responsibility is no longer given by a metaphysical or divine order, we are living in a world where we are exposed to a naked existence, without the possibility to fall back upon a preceding fundamental cause of the world. All myths are primal scenes These authors are already evident in the very first books that Nancy published: This study focuses on the review Athenaeum published by the brothers Schlegel at Jena, who thereafter founded a literary circle.

The Inoperative Community I just feel I lack the muscle necessary to squeeze enough out of it. This historic-philosophical scheme is not only used by a large number of philosophers or social and political thinkers, it is also a central theme within western society and culture in general.

The Inoperative Community

Jean-Luc Nancy graduated inoperwtive philosophy in in Paris. It is the question of whether atheism is the antipode of religion, or if religion has a sort of auto-critical gesture towards itself. Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, and Deleuze. Also the nihilistic claim that existence is meaningless starts from this idea.

This conference helped to consolidate Derrida’s solid place at the pinnacle of contemporary philosophy. When Nancy, in the footsteps of Derrida, deconstructs texts of an author, he researches in the most meticulous way what the author writes, but also and especially, what he or she doesn’t write, where his or her thinking halts or recoils to think a problem through.

Nov 11, Katrinka rated it really liked it. Greg Bird – – Angelaki 18 3: But Western philosophy has failed to think this existential love.

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