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The Inoperative Community

1991
Author:

Jean-Luc Nancy
Peter Connor, editor
Translated by Peter Connor, Lisa Garbus, Michael Holland, and Simona Sawhney
Foreword by Christopher Fynsk

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Edited by Peter Conner
Foreword by Christopher Fynsk

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 of its resistance against immanent power.

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Jean-Luc Nancy teaches at the University of Human Sciences in Strasbourg, France. Peter Conner is currently assistant professor of French at Barnard College. Among the philosophical essays he has translated are several by Georges Bataille.

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