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The Reject

Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject

Irving Goh

Publication Year: 2014

This book proposes a theory of the reject, a more adequate figure than the subject for thinking friendship, love, community, democracy, the postsecular, and the posthuman. _x000B__x000B_Through close readings of Nancy, Deleuze, Derrida, Cixous, Clément, Bataille, Balibar, Rancière, and Badiou, Goh shows how the reject has always been nascent in contemporary French thought. The recent turn to animals and bare life, as well as the rise of the Occupy movement, he argues, present a special urgency to think the reject today._x000B__x000B_Thinking the reject most importantly helps to advance our commitment to affirm others without acculturating their differences. But the reject also offers, Goh proposes, a response finally commensurate with the radical horizon of Nancy’s question of who comes after the subject._x000B_

Published by: Fordham University Press

Series: Commonalities

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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Preface: A Book For Everyone

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pp. ix-xiv

This book is for everyone. As a book on the reject, it speaks for everyone. After all, each of us, at some point of our lives, has been a reject in one way or another. In the context of our academic lives, we have had our journal submissions, job applications, fellowship applications, grant applications...

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pp. xv-xviii

First and foremost, I thank the late Helen Tartar for believing in this project and for seeing it through as a book with Fordham University Press. It is with immense regret that she is no longer around to see this book in print. She could have, actually, if only I had not been unwell for the whole...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-23

This present work in many ways responds to the spirit of our times, that is to say, the early twenty-first century. The philosophical motivation for this work, however, has a slightly longer history, as it comes from the question Jean-Luc Nancy posed in 1986...

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2. (After) Friendship, Love, and Community

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pp. 24-96

Let me begin eliciting the reject from within concepts that almost every contemporary French thinker from Bataille to Badiou more recently has been invested in: the related or interrelated concepts of friendship, love, and community. I will demonstrate in the following pages that the reject...

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3. The Reject and the “Postsecular,”or Who’s Afraid of Religion

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pp. 97-161

Having elicited the figure of the reject from the rethinking of friendship, love, and community in Nancy, Bataille, Agamben, and more specifically in Derrida, Clément, and Deleuze, I will now proceed to demonstrate that the reject is no less mobilized when contemporary French thinkers take...

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4. Prolegomenon to Reject Politics

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pp. 162-217

What deserves to be reiterated, with regard to unveiling and mobilizing the reject in contemporary French thought’s rethinking of friendship, love, community, and religion, is that the affirmation of differences is at stake. One may go further to say that this affirmation is an affirmation of radical...

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5. Clinamen, or the Auto-Reject for “Posthuman” Futures

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pp. 218-238

In following the animal in the last two chapters—first the animal-messiah in Cixous, and then becoming-animal in Deleuze and Guattari—one could say that the question of the reject has progressively taken on a “posthuman” contour, especially if one follows Cary Wolfe’s “posthumanism...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 239-252

The previous chapter concluded with a consideration of Deleuze’s reading of Leibniz’s incompossibility. Perhaps it is only apt to close this present work on that same note of incompossibility. After all, this work has called for the affirmation of “inoperative community” (especially in terms of a...


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pp. 253-334

Works Cited

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pp. 335-358


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pp. 359-362


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E-ISBN-13: 9780823262724
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823262687

Page Count: 400
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Commonalities