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Roberto Esposito

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242641.001.0001

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The Law of Community

The Law of Community

(p.14) The Law of Community
Terms of the Political
Roberto Esposito
Fordham University Press

Chapter 1 begins with a reading of the Latin root of community (cum-munus) as a “task,” “duty,” or “law” in order to claim that what individuals have most in common is a lack of community. Through readings of the meaning of the political community in Rousseau, Kant, and Heidegger, this chapter argues that community is one with the law, and that both are necessary and impossible. Necessary: the law of community constitutes us (we have always existed in common; members of a community are such because bound by a common law). Impossible: we are likewise constituted by the lack, flaw, or nonfulfillment of the law of community, as all of the narratives that locate the origin of society in a common crime illustrate.

Keywords:   Law, Community, Munus, Society, Duty, Guilt, Individual, Freedom, Care, Subjectivity

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