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The Unavowable Community

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781581771046
Author(s): Maurice Blanchot
Format: Paperback
Year: 1988
Publisher: Station Hill Press
Dimensions: 142 x 224 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 92

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The Unavowable Community is an inquiry into the nature and possibility of community, asking whether there can be a community of individuals that is truly "communal." The problem, for Blanchot, is that the very terms of an ideal community make an "avowal" of membership in it a violation of the terms themselves. This meditation ranges from the problematic effects of a defect in language to actual historical experiments in community. As Blanchot's first direct treatment of a subject that has long figured in or behind his work, this small but highly concentrated book stands as an important addition to his own contribution to literary, philosophical, social, and political thought, figuring as it does at the center of the emerging concern for a redefinition of politics and community. Readers of Blanchot know not to expect answers to the great questions that move his thought-rather, to live with the questions at the new level to which they have been raised in his discourse.

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