In the first chapter, Nancy addresses concepts of communism, community, and the common, outlining the significance of each of these terms and distinguishing his approach from other attempts to define the relation between these terms. Following a proposal to rethink community in terms of “number” by Jean-Christophe Bailly, the chapter approaches community in terms of “number” or “the numerous.” It is this term that allows one to understand community as a plurality rather than as commonality. The chapter outlines the circumstances in which Blanchot’s The Unavowable Community was written as a response Nancy’s essay “The Inoperative Community.” It also addresses how Blanchot’s response already invited further reflection on his exchange with Nancy, which is then taken up in The Disavowed Community.
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