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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Inoperative Community by Jean-Luc Nancy. Christopher Fynsk Foreword by. In this powerful work, Jean-Luc Nancy examines community as an idea that has dominated modern thought and traces its relation to concepts of experience, discourse, and the individual.

Contrary to popular Western notions of community, Nancy shows that it is neither a project of fusion nor production. Rather, he argues, community can be defined through the political nature o In this powerful work, Jean-Luc Nancy examines community as an idea that has dominated modern thought and traces its relation to concepts of experience, discourse, and the individual.

Rather, he argues, community can be defined through the political nature of its resistance against immanent power.

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Jan 27, Devrim rated it it was ok. Aug 29, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: This literature is not myth, which Nancy notes has itself been revealed as mythic.

But here Nancy interrupts himself to think love. But Western philosophy has failed to think this existential love. For Nancy, however, this heart is not a heart. May 24, Sinasham rated it it was ok. I learned that French philosophy is really hard to understand even when you’ve read lots of articles which use the dude’s ideas and make them sound interesting.

And then you’re also left with the feeling of how can I even apply these ideas in any practical way? And why the hell am I spending days and days making notes on this shit??? May 06, jose coimbra rated it it was amazing Shelves: The innoperative community community; political participation; thory and history of literature p University of Minnesota Press – Minneapolis Contents foreword: But over the past ten years, Nancy has also sought to depart from this mode and to pursue in a more independent fashion the notion of difference to which his work has pointed.

He has attempted to abandon the comentator’s position of relative safety and to elaborate a thought that would answer to the fact that maany of the concerns to which fundamental philosophy was addressed continue to speak to us today in the form of imperatives freedom, justice, communityeven though the conceptual systems from which these ideas have drawn their meaning are no longer viable.

Otherwise, there would be no need to write and no way to write it. There is a need to write it, because the communication that is community exceeds the horizon of signification. 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’. This is what philosophy calls ‘finitude’, and the following texts are entirely and uniquely devoted to an undertanding of it. That is, what might a politics be that does not stem from the will to realize as essence?


Distinct 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. It is constituted not only by a fair distribution of tasks and goods, or by a happy equilibrium of forces and authorities: In the motto of the Republic, fraternity designates community: 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’.

So that community, far from being what society has crushed or lost, is what happens to us – question, waiting, event imperative – i the wake of society.

Nothing, therefore, has been lost, and for this reason nothing is lost. It is not a loss: Death is not only the example of this, it is its truth. Community therefore occupies a singular place: In a certain sense community acknowledges and inscribes – this is its peculiar gesture – the impossibility of community. A community is the presentation to its members of their mortal beings Finitude compears, that is to say it is exposed: Community is made of the interruption of singularities, or of the suspension that singular beings are.

There is no original or origin of identity 34 desubjectivization 35 Community is the sacred In passing to its limit, finitude passes ‘from’ the one ‘to’ the other: Community is, in a sense, resistance itself Community is given to us – or we are given and abandoned to the community: All myths are primal scenes There is no myth that does not at least pressupose the myth of the communitarian or popular revelation of myths.

The myth of communion, like communism It is interrupted at that precise and familiar point where we know that it is all a myth. This is why our scene of myth, our discourse of myth, and all our mythological thinking make up a myth: And the word ‘myth’ itself designates the absence of what it names. This is what constitutes the interruption: If it even still has a proper meaning.

By definition, it does not. The absence of avowal produces neither speech nor narrative. But if community is inseparable from myth, must there not be, according to a paradoxical law, a myth of the unavowable community? But this is impossible. And the interruption is not a myth: It is not a myth: 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.

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. It is not enough to say, ‘Myth is a myth’, since the formula for irony, as I have already said, is fundamentally the same as the formula for the identity of myth and for its mythic identity.


If it must be affirmed that myth is essencial to community – but only in the essence that it completes it and gives it the closure and the destiny of an individual, of a completed totality – it is equally necessay to affirm that in the interruption the voice of the community, the voice of the incomplrte, exposed community speaking as myth without being in any respect mythic speech.

There is a voice of community articulated in the interruption, and even out of the interruption itself. Articulation does not mean organization. This totality is the totality of a dialogue. It is in this respect that they share a common limit upon which they are always exposed to their end, as is witnessed, for example,in the end of the gods.

We all pray to some god, but what comes of it has no names cesare pavese. These places, spread out everywhere, yield up and orient new spaces: Nov 11, Itai Farhi rated it really liked it Shelves: A somewhat frustrating collection of papers, marred by Nancy’s left-Heideggerean quirks. The section on literary jeaan is the highlight of the book. Feb 25, Lena Chilari rated it liked it.

May 03, Anthony Galluzzo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nancy’s work should be better known, since he successfully combines a certain kind of deconstructive phenomenology that reaches back to Heidegger with an investment in Marxism, hence the question that unites the essays gathered in this book The essays on literary communism and love are particularly noteworthy. Dec 18, Will Miller rated it really liked it. Some fascinating ideas – pushes the project of exorcising the vestiges of the philosophy of the subject farther than I’ve seen elsewhere.

Difficult prose, but Nancy’s main idea is repeated in each chapter, under a different guise, making the philosophy ultimately graspable for the persistent reader. Nov 14, Jay rated it it was amazing. Oct 06, tout rated it really liked it Shelves: I need to reread this in a couple years from now when I might have nnacy and understood Heidegger, have been immersed in Bataille and Nietzsche Otherwise its meditations are provocative and beautifully strung.

I just feel I lack the muscle necessary to squeeze enough out of it. View all jesn comments. Nov 11, Katrinka rated it really liked it.

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

I have no idea how to rate this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Nancy’s assertion that nanc community is embodied by its to put it too simplistically opening out and openness to the world, instead of an attempt to remain insular and defined by something other than said openness.

Sep 02, Joseph Volk rated it it was amazing. Apr 20, Zach rated it really liked it. To be fair, I admit that I only read the title essay, but it was a good in’– a little inopfrative too much post-modern gobbly goo as P.