The Inoperative Community
by Nancy, Jean-Luc (1991)
Not that totalitarianism was already present, as such, in Marx: this would be a crude proposition, one that remains ignorant of the strident protest against the destruction of community that in Marx continuously parallels the Hegelian attempt to bring about a totality, and that thwarts or displaces this attempt. But the schema of betrayal is seen to be untenable in that il was the very basis of the communist ideal that ended up appearing most problematic: namely, human beings defined as producers (one might even add: human beings defined at all), and fundamentally as the producers of their own essence in the form of their labor or their work. (p.2)
KeywordsPhilosophy, Community, Mythology, Communism, Literature, Love, Divinity, Individuality, Communication
ThemesThe Inoperative Community, Nancy Citations
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TranslatorConnor, P.; Garbus, L.; Holland, M.; Sawhney, S.
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