By Jean-Luc Nancy
Trans. via Philip Armstrong
Over thirty years after Maurice Blanchot writes The Unavowable Community (1983)-a e-book that provided a severe reaction to an early essay by means of Jean-Luc Nancy on "the inoperative community"-Nancy responds in flip with The Disavowed Community. Stemming from Jean-Christophe Bailly's preliminary inspiration to imagine neighborhood when it comes to "number" or the "numerous," and unfolding as a detailed examining of Blanchot's textual content, Nancy's new e-book addresses quite a number issues and motifs that mark either his proximity to and distance from Blanchot's thinking, from Bataille's "community of fanatics" to the relation among neighborhood, communitarianism, and being-in-common; to Marguerite Duras, to the Eucharist. A key rethinking of politics and the political, this alternate opens up a brand new figuring out of neighborhood performed out as a question of avowal.
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We are thereby warned that a perfection [une perfection] (an accomplished work) will appear as perfectly aporetic—not coming to completion, not resolving itself, and yet as such it “leads” Blanchot to the thought of community. (In two cases, at the beginning of each of the book’s two sections, it is a matter of “taking up [reprendre]” and being “led back [reconduit]” to the question of community, as if a reminder [rappel] or an effort were always necessary in order to return to something that one may have wanted to abandon [délaisser].
The equivalence that is thus posed suggests a heart having the value of the law or a law of the heart. 20 The Heart or the Law This law of the heart is that of friendship or fraternity which alone reveals (to me) my solitary exposure, which also forms my shared community. A law of the heart could also be what lets itself be written—and read by friends—as the literary impropriety or indecency [inconvenance] where communication of the secret without secret may take place. To be sure, there is no greater friend of Bataille’s than Blanchot.
It seemed to me that he had renounced this because of the impossible situation in which he found himself of accepting the “bloody secret,”10 be it the sacrifice devoted [voué] to the aporia of putting the sacrificer to death. For this reason, if the sacrifice can only turn into parody, writing can only turn into “nocturnal communication” shared by the “silent reading” of several friends. Yet for Blanchot, friendship proves to offer “the very form of the ‘unworking community’ Jean-Luc Nancy has asked us to reflect upon, though it is not permitted to us to stop there” (43/23).