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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InNancy wrote his book Le sens du monde in which he searched for what we mean when we say that we are living in a world, or in one world; about what we mean when we say that the sense of the world is no longer situated above but within the world. I just feel I lack the muscle necessary to squeeze enough out of it.

He has also published books on Heidegger, Kant, Hegel and Descartes. Theories, Methods and Cases. This strategy of reading and thinking is named deconstruction and Nancy continues Derrida’s work with it.

Once community or being-together is no longer a ‘natural’ fact wherein I’m originally dwelling, community becomes a capital question for modern political philosophy. 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.

Nancy’s thesis is nothing but the questioning of that very idea, and it seems to me that the work of Nancy in general becomes interesting when it is used as a hyperbolic questioning of that sort of philosophical or political correctness.

Inoperative Community

These places, spread out everywhere, yield up jen orient new spaces: With Lacoue-Labarthe edited by Simon Sparks. Des lieux divins, Mauvezin, T. The modern philosophical order, especially since Nietzsche, has finished with there ‘truths’. Far more often, he launches a few theses, offers fragments and traces of thinking, which he then develops further in later texts.

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His philosophical scope is very broad: But here Nancy interrupts himself to think love. The Centre had too often been the mere successive reception of speakers, rather than a common space with common concerns. 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.


Up until now, it has frequently been described as a critical study on the work of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. These authors are already evident in the very first books that Nancy published: But if community is inseparable from myth, must there not be, according to a paradoxical law, a myth of the unavowable community?

To Nancy, Heidegger is the philosopher who handles this question in a quite ambiguous way and that makes him controversial, still today. One can learn to read Nancy in it, and this is not always an easy job because he starts mostly from a commentary on the work of other authors and develops his own thesis out of this commentary.

Francisca rated it liked it Oct 30, 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’. It seems quite preposterous that an author like Nancy who announces the end of every immanent community, appeals to a philosopher who puts forward a true German community. 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.

Finally I want to point to the fact that Nancy is also a very influential philosopher of art and culture. Sign in Create an account. He underwent a heart transplant and his recovery was made more difficult by a long-term fight with cancer.

The interruption of myth – and the interruption of myth s the passion of and for community – disjoins myth from itself, or withdraws it from itself. Nancy does not deny this ambiguity.

Devisch – – South African Journal of Philosophy 29 1: It is not the passion for dissolution,but the passion to exposed, and to know that community itself does not limit community, that community is always beyond, that is, on the outside, offred outside of each singularity, and on this account always interrupted on the edge of the least one of these singularities.

Theory and History of Literature, Volume Despite the closing down of the Centre inNancy’s concern with the question of the political, and that of community, has never disappeared.


Jean-Luc Nancy (1940—)

On the contrary, he takes it as the starting point of his reorientation of Heidegger. He appears in their film Outlandish: I learned that French philosophy is really communitty to understand even when you’ve read lots of articles which use the dude’s ideas and make them sound interesting.

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Rather, he argues, community can be defined through the political nature of its resistance against immanent power. Open Preview See a Problem? Search Site only in current section. The absence of avowal produces neither speech nor narrative. After his aggregate in philosophy in Paris and a short period as a teacher in Colmar, in Nancy became an a assistant at the Institut de Philosophie in Strasbourg—he lives and works in Strasbourg.

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There is a need to write it, because the communication that is community exceeds the horizon of signification. So, being-there is being-with, to exist is to coexist.

While he contends that psychoanalytic jargon still bears some theological remnants, Nancy also thinks that a lot of its concepts are worth thinking through. The truth of community, on the contrary, resides in the retreat of such a being.

There’s nothing hidden anymore behind the question of the world. From the moment that commknity 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.

The Sense of hhe World Neither is the world an entity created by God, wherein we occupy a well-defined place. To ask other readers questions about Inoperative Communityplease sign up. Gregory Steel rated it really liked it May 16, In the late s and early s, Nancy suffered serious medical problems.