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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Globalization The theme of community is one of the main and most interesting threads throughout Nancy’s work, but there are numerous other themes and questions in his work. Deconstructing Christianity Thinking through the problem of globalisation means for Nancy at the same time deconstructing Christianity.

Inoperatjve from society which is a simples association and division of forces and needs and opposed to emprise which dissolves community by submitting its people to its arms and to its glorycommunity is not only intimate communication between its members, but also its organic communion with its own essence.

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If philosophy has to be engaged today, he says, it has in the first place the task to philosophize. Author Information Ignaas Devisch Email: Further to their desire to rethink the political, Nancy and Lacoue-Labarthe set up in the same year the Centre de Recherches Philosophiques sur la Politique Centre for Philosophical Research on the Political.

Nancy traces the influence of the notion of community to concepts of experiencediscourseand the individualand argues that it has dominated modern thought. Nancy’s first book appears in Sign in with your library card.

It emerged from the disappearance or the conservation of something – tribes or empires – perhaps just as unrelated to what we call ‘community’ as to what we call ‘society’. Nancy treats freedom as a property of the individual or collectivity, and looks for a “non-subjective” freedom which would attempt to think the existential or finite origin for every freedom.


He points at two examples.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Once that goal has been realised, the idea is that all alienation of the capitalist way of life would disappear and society would finally be harmoniously present with itself. And why the hell am I spending days and days making notes on this shit???

By means of humanitarian interventions one wants lic apply international law in places where it is violated.

Neither is the world an entity created by God, wherein we occupy a well-defined place.

He has also published books on Heidegger, Kant, Hegel and Descartes. Rather, he argues, community can be defined through the political nature of its resistance against immanent power. Discarding popular notions, Nancy redefines community, asking what can it be if it is reduced neither to a collection of separate individuals, nor to a hypostasized communal substance, e.

The Inoperative Community

There is a voice of community articulated fhe the interruption, and even out of the interruption itself. But Western philosophy has failed to think this existential love. The contingency of our naked existence as an ontological question is the main challenge of our existence in contemporary global society. There is no myth that does not at least pressupose the myth of the communitarian or popular revelation of myths.


Many of his best known texts were published during this time. 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.

Community does not confer a higher purpose upon its constituents, Nancy claims. On the Work of Jean-Luc Nancy16 2 The present system of expanding cities and nodes in the planetary techno-scientific network tied to capitalism leads to the luf of world, because the world is treated as an object globeeven though the self-deconstruction of ontotheology increasingly made it the “subject” of its own creation.

Community is made of the interruption of singularities, or of the suspension that singular beings are. Symbols like the headscarf of Muslim females, for example, play an important role in that debate and are at the basis of hot political discussions on the identity and the values of many European nations.

Inoperative Community by Jean-Luc Nancy

In the same year, they set up a philosophical platform to investigate the political. This leads not only to the disintegration of society, but also to violence, the decline of norms and values, and so forth.

Without working this through here, it is worth mentioning that Nancy quite consistently refers to Lacan, or to psychoanalysis in general, and most of the time in quite a critical way. Derrida’s work inspired both Nancy and Lacoue-Labarthe to such a degree that they organise the famous conference inLes fins de l’hommein Cerisy-la-Salle on Derrida and politics.