Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface to the English-Language Edition

Jean-Luc Nancy

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pp. vii-xii

If there is a “work-in-progress” in contemporary philosophy, it is undoubtedly in work on community—on the common, communism, communitarianism, being-in-common, being-with, being-together, or again in “living...

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Translator's Introduction

Philip Armstrong

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pp. xiii-xxvii

Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Disavowed Community lies open here like an open wound. Marked by injury and hurt, punctuated by cuts and scars and incisions, this is not a book whose argument is offered as a diagnosis to an...

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1. "Community, Number"

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pp. 1-7

This text is intended as a study of Maurice Blanchot’s work on community in The Unavowable Community. 1 Throughout the book’s history and the deciphering that it calls for— the impossibility, no doubt, of bringing its...

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2. Beyond the Political

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pp. 8-16

Communism, in the sense that Blanchot gives it— “what excludes (and excludes itself from) an already constituted community”— was already present in my essay from 1983, in this quotation drawn from one of Blanchot’s texts...

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3. The Heart or the Law

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pp. 17-23

Let us try to follow the path of Blanchot’s thinking. Its point of departure is marked by an agreement with Nancy concerning the refusal to order [ordonner] community into its own existence, like that of a subject...

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4. The Consumed Community

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pp. 24-50

This movement of thought appears under the banner of a new quotation from Nancy, but which is not taken from The Inoperative Community. It comes from an earlier text titled “Abandoned Being,” where it is announced...

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5. "Essentially That Which Escapes"

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pp. 51-76

At the same time, the culminating point of this singular, spiritual progression still does not form the conclusion. Like the récit, it must go beyond “any way out” (51/29).1 After the revelation of “divine presence” through...

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Coda

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pp. 77-78

In an issue of Critique from 1990 that paid homage to Samuel Beckett, and in reference to the French version of How It Is, Blanchot’s text concludes with this note...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 79-80

In preparing the translation and introduction, I am deeply indebted to the feedback and advice of Jean-Christophe Bailly, Aristide Bianchi, Irving Goh, Robert Hughes, Pierre-Philippe Jandin, Ginette Michaud...

Notes

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pp. 81-108

Series: Commonalities

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pp. 109-110