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The Disavowed Community$
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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273843

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273843.001.0001

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The Heart or the Law

The Heart or the Law

(p.17) 3 The Heart or the Law
The Disavowed Community

Jean-Luc Nancy

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In the third chapter, Nancy extends his critical exchange with Blanchot by discussing questions of exposure and abandonment in rethinking an “inoperative” community. The reference to abandonment is also situated in relation to writing, communication, or “the transmission of the untransmissable.” Nancy stresses that the “heart” or the “law” of community is the negativity of an abandonment or its “empty intimacy.”

Keywords:   abandonment, ethics, heart, law, writing

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