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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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(After) Friendship, Love, and Community

(After) Friendship, Love, and Community

(p.24) 2 (After) Friendship, Love, and Community
The Reject

Irving Goh

Fordham University Press

This chapter shows how French thinkers mobilize the reject in their engagements with the concepts of friendship, love, and community, so as to enable other forms of relations to inflect existing understanding and practices of those concepts. It begins with Derrida’s Politiques de l’amitié, eliciting the reject in the “friend” who renounces all expectations of the other to respond, leaving the other free in his or her movements and desires. This reject allows Derrida to go beyond a narcissistic friendship that predicates itself on the number of friends and on a similitude between the friend and oneself. That friendship is akin to contemporary network-centric sociality, and this chapter proposes that it is with Derrida’s “friend”-reject that one can posit a critique of the latter. Derrida, though, does not go far enough in his “deconstruction” of conventional friendship. The chapter then turns to Clément’s radical syncopic lover, who harbors no hope of any return to an amorous relation. The radical rejection of friendship and the turn to a nonreciprocal love can also be found in Deleuze, who also, with Guattari in Mille plateaux, tear down any idea of community as a structured organization or insular totality.

Keywords:   Friendship, Networks, Love, Syncope, Community, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Catherine Clément, Bernard Stiegler, Nomadology

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