The Disavowed Community

9780823273843: Hardback
Release Date: 1st September 2016

9780823273850: Paperback
Release Date: 1st September 2016

9780823273874: PDF
Release Date: 1st September 2016

9780823273867: EPUB
Release Date: 1st September 2016

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 144

Series Commonalities

Fordham University Press

The Disavowed Community

Written by
Jean-Luc Nancy
Translated by
Philip Armstrong
Over thirty years after Maurice Blanchot writes The Unavowable Community—a book outlining a critical response to Jean-Luc Nancy’s early proposal for thinking an “inoperative community”—The Disavowed Community offers a close reading of Blanchot’s text.
Hardback / £74.00
Paperback / £19.99
PDF / £22.00
EPUB / £22.00

Over thirty years after Maurice Blanchot writes The Unavowable Community (1983)—a book that offered a critical response to an early essay by Jean-Luc Nancy on “the inoperative community”—Nancy responds in turn with The Disavowed Community. Stemming from Jean-Christophe Bailly’s initial proposal to think community in terms of “number” or the “numerous,” and unfolding as a close reading of Blanchot’s text, Nancy’s new book addresses a range of themes and motifs that mark both his proximity to and distance from Blanchot’s thinking, from Bataille’s “community of lovers” to the relation between community, communitarianism, and being-in-common; to Marguerite Duras, to the Eucharist. A key rethinking of politics and the political, this exchange opens up a new understanding of community played out as a question of avowal.

Jean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. His wide-ranging thought is developed in many books, including Expectation: Philosophy, Literature; The Possibility of a World; The Banality of Heidegger; The Disavowed Community; and, with Adèle Van Reeth, Coming (all Fordham).

Philip Armstrong is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

“This is a powerful and important book, in several respects: first, because this is Nancy’s first public engagement with Maurice Blanchot’s 1983 book The Unavowable Community, bringing to focus decades of research on this issue and shedding exciting new light on the relation between the two thinkers. Second, this work provides the latest elaborations by Jean-Luc Nancy on what has been his longstanding research on being-with and community, issues that have occupied him for the past thirty years. Finally, the analyses proposed are some of the most sophisticated that one can find in Nancy’s corpus. As such, they represent a significant contribution to philosophical work and research.”

—François Raffoul
Louisiana State University