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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Ths Inoperative Community While he contends that psychoanalytic jargon still bears some theological remnants, Nancy also thinks that a lot of its concepts are worth thinking through.

With Derrida, Nancy affirms in several interviews, he had the impression that, after Sartre, something new and very contemporary was born in philosophy.

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.

Ego sum, Paris, Flammarion, In The Sense of the World he describes the Lacanian notion of the ‘Other’ as a ‘theological excrement’. The contingency of our naked existence as an ontological question is the main challenge of our existence in contemporary global society. The section on literary communism is the highlight of the book.

This would only confirm the idea that the world stands for a lack of sense, or for an ‘object’ to which sense is given from outside by a ‘subject’. Well beyond the medium that it also is, cinema adds up an element: It no longer suffices to put the enemy back behind his borders.

It seems, especially, that we cannot disagree on the ‘good’ of some matters: We ‘moderns’ love to say that we are no longer Christians, but maybe the Christian aspects of our existence are so evident that we are no longer conscious of them.


Inoperative Community by Jean-Luc Nancy

It is rather a mythical thought, an imaginary picture of our past. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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.

Nancy addresses the world in its contemporary global configuration in other writings on freedom, justice and sovereignty. Routledge,pp. Community does not confer a higher jeqn upon its constituents, Nancy claims. He has also published books on Heidegger, Kant, Hegel and Descartes. The film focuses on the relation of politics, technology and myth.

Jean-Luc Nancy (1940—)

The world, the existence, that is our radical responsibility he says, but by this doesn’t mean that we are always responsible for everything and everyone. This leads not only to the disintegration of society, but also to violence, the decline of norms and values, and so forth.

In his book Le sens du monde The Sense of the Worldhe asks what we mean by saying that we live in one world, and how our sense of the world is changed by saying that it is situated within the world, rather than above or apart from it. For the moment, now over sixty, he is a very active philosopher. 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.

He graduated in philosophy in in Paris. Adnan Mahmutovic rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Sense is not so much something that we, as secularised successors to God, ascribe to the world. These diseases marked his career fundamentally.

Being in the world is being with others, and this being-with is an essential trait—if one can still speak of essence; rather it is the unsubstantial essence, the being of every being-there. Linnell Secomb – – Hypatia 15 2: Everyone who drops the name Heidegger in philosophical circles, knows of the controversy he still evokes.


The world does not have sense, it is sense, and this naked existence means that we have to exist in the sense that we are, and can no longer hide behind some or another presupposed meaning of life. In his interest in Heidegger, Nancy is touching the problem of community at its deepest core.

Le titre de la lettre The Title of the Letter. On the other hand, immanentism is also present in the way that the former socialist regimes in Eastern Europe understood the communist form of constitution as the communit destination of humanity. Author Information Ignaas Devisch Email: Nancy is more alive than ever, both as a man and as a philosopher.

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The Inoperative Community

Don’t have an account? Nancy argues that Lacan questions the metaphysical subject, but does this in a metaphysical way. For Nancy, the contingency of our naked existence is not in the first place a moral problem. Around Penelope, who reweaves the fabric of intimacy without ever managing to complete it, pretenders set up the warring and political scene of society—pure exteriority’ The Inoperative Communityp.

How this had to happen in a concrete way, Heidegger seemingly didn’t know when he wrote Being and Time.