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The RejectCommunity, Politics, and Religion after the Subject$
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Irving Goh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262687

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262687.001.0001

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Let’s Drop the Subject

(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Reject

Irving Goh

Fordham University Press

The chapter revisits Nancy’s question of “who comes after the subject?”, spelling out the problems associated with the subject. It then critiques some of the responses to Nancy, especially those by Badiou, Balibar, and Ranci�re, highlighting their desire to return to the subject by supplementing it with predicates left out in its previous theorizations. In contrast, this chapter proposes that one must no longer tarry with the subject but respond without hesitation with another conceptual figure to further French Thought's endeavor to affirm others and their differences. It argues, therefore, for the figure of the reject, and outlines its passive, active, and reflexive turns. The philosophical, ethical, and political implications of each turn are also explicated in this chapter.

Keywords:   Reject, Subject, Others, Differences, Bare Life, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou

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