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"The gravest and most painful testimony of the modern world, the one that possibly involves all other testimonies to which this epoch must answer (by virtue of some unknown decree or necessity, for we bear witness also to the exhaustion of thinking through History), is the testimony of the dissolution, the dislocation, or the conflagration of community."The Inoperative Community (1982) by Jean-Luc Nancy, incipit

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Jean-Luc Nancy (26 July 1940 – 23 August 2021) was a French philosopher known for such works as The Inoperative Community (1982) and Being Singular Plural (2000).

Nancy's first book, published in 1973, was Le titre de la lettre (The Title of the Letter, 1992), a reading of the work of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, written in collaboration with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe.

Nancy is the author of works on many thinkers, including La remarque spéculative in 1973 (The Speculative Remark, 2001) on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Le Discours de la syncope (1976) and L'Impératif catégorique (1983) on Immanuel Kant, Ego sum (1979) on René Descartes, and Le Partage des voix (1982) on Martin Heidegger.

In addition to Le titre de la lettre, Nancy collaborated with Lacoue-Labarthe on several other books and articles. Nancy is credited with reopening the question of the ground of community and politics with his work La communauté désoeuvrée (The Inoperative Community). Blanchot and Agamben responded to this work with The Unavowable Community (1983) and The Coming Community (1983) respectively. One of the very few monographs that Jacques Derrida ever wrote on a contemporary philosopher is On Touching, Jean-Luc Nancy.

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Film theory

Nancy's text L'intrus formed the basis for French director Claire Denis's film of the same name.

He has written extensively on film, including The Evidence of Film, a short work on Abbas Kiarostami.

Nancy appears in the film The Ister, based on Martin Heidegger's 1942 lectures on Friedrich Hölderlin's poem "Der Ister" (published as Hölderlin's Hymn "The Ister"). The film focuses on the relation of politics, technology and myth.

Nancy has developed three films in conjunction with artist-filmmaker Phillip Warnell. He appears in their 2009 film Outlandish: 'Strange Foreign Bodies', which also features a text he wrote specifically for the project, Étranges Corps Étrangers. Nancy contributed a poem, 'Oh The Animals of Language' to Warnell's 2014 feature-length film 'Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air'. Warnell and Nancy worked on a new text-film collaboration which was completed in 2017, 'The Flying Proletarian'.

Bibliography

Titles in French

  • La Remarque spéculative (Un bon mot de Hegel). Paris: Galilée, 1973.
  • La titre de la lettre. Paris: Galilée, 1973 (with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe).
  • Le Discours de la syncope. I. Logodaedalus. Paris: Flammarion, 1975.
  • L'absolu littéraire. Théorie de la littérature du romantisme allemand. Paris: Seuil, 1978 (with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe).
  • Ego sum. Paris: Flammarion, 1979.
  • Les Fins de l'homme à partir du travail de Jacques Derrida: colloque de Cerisy, 23 juillet-2 août 1980. 1981 (ed., with Lacoue-Labarthe).
  • Rejouer le politique. 1981 (ed., with Lacoue-Labarthe).
  • Le partage des voix. Paris: Galilée, 1982.
  • La retrait du politique. 1983 (ed., with Lacoue-Labarthe).
  • La communauté désoeuvrée. Paris: Christian Bourgois, 1983.
  • L'Impératif catégorique. Paris: Flammarion, 1983.
  • L'oubli de la philosophie. Paris: Galilée, 1986.
  • Des lieux divins. Mauvezin: T.E.R, 1987.
  • L'expérience de la liberté. Paris: Galilée, 1988.
  • Une Pensée finie. Paris: Galilée, 1990.
  • Le poids d'une pensée. Québec: Le griffon d'argile, 1991.
  • Le mythe nazi. La tour d'Aigues: L'Aube, 1991 (with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, revised edition; originally published as Les méchanismes du fascisme, 1981).
  • La comparution (politique à venir). Paris: Bourgois, 1991 (with Jean-Chrisophe Bailly).
  • Corpus. Paris: Métailié, 1992.
  • Le sens du monde. Paris: Galilée, 1993.
  • Les Muses. Paris: Galilée, 1994.
  • Être singulier pluriel. Paris: Galilée, 1996.
  • Hegel. L'inquiétude du négatif. Paris: Hachette, 1997.
  • L'Intrus. Paris: Galilée, 2000.
  • Le regard du portrait. Paris: Galilée, 2000.
  • Conloquium, in Roberto Esposito, Communitas. trad. de Nadine Le Lirzin, Paris: PUF, 2000.
  • La pensée dérobée. Paris: Galilée, 2001.
  • The evidence of film. Bruxelles: Yves Gevaert, 2001.
  • La création du monde ou la mondialisation. Paris: Galilée, 2002.
  • À l’écoute. Paris: Galilée, 2002.
  • Nus sommes. La peau des images. Paris: Klincksieck, 2003 (with Federico Ferrari).
  • Noli me tangere. Paris: Bayard, 2003.
  • "L'extension de l'âme". Metz: Le Portique, 2003.
  • "Lil y a' du rapport sexuel". Paris: Galilée, 2003.
  • La déclosion (Déconstruction du Christianisme 1). Paris: Galilée, 2005.
  • Sur le commerce des pensées: Du livre et de la librairie. Paris: Galilée, 2005.
  • Iconographie de l'auteur. Paris: Galilée, 2005 (with Federico Ferrari).
  • Tombe de sommeil. Paris: Galilée, 2007.
  • Juste impossible. Paris: Bayard, 2007.
  • À plus d'un titre: Jacques Derrida. Paris: Galilée, 2007.
  • Vérité de la democratie. Paris: Galilée, 2008.
  • Le poids d'une pensée, l'approche. Strasbourg: La Phocide, 2008.
  • Je t'aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionnément.... Paris: Bayard Centurion, 2008.
  • Démocratie, dans quel état ?, with Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaïd, Wendy Brown, Jacques Rancière, Kristin Ross and Slavoj Žižek, La Fabrique, 2009.
  • L'Adoration, Paris, Galilée, 2010.
  • Atlan : les détrempes, Paris, Hazan, 2010.
  • À Vengeance ? de Robert Antelme, in Robert Antelme, Vengeance ?. Hermann, 2010.
  • La Ville au loin. Strasbourg: La Phocide, 2011.
  • Maurice Blanchot, passion politique. Paris: Galilée, 2011.
  • Politique et au-delà. Interview with Philipp Armstrong and Jason E. Smith, Paris: Galilée, 2011.
  • Dans quels mondes vivons-nous?, with Aurélien Barrau, Paris: Galilée, 2011.
  • L’Équivalence des catastrophes (Après Fukushima), Paris: Galilée, 2012.
  • La Possibilité d'un monde, Paris: Les petits platons, 2013.
  • Jamais le mot "créateur"..., with Simon Hantaï, Paris, Galilée, 2013.
  • L’Autre Portrait, Paris, Galilée, 2013.
  • Être singulier pluriel, nouvelle édition augmentée, Paris, Galilée, 2013.
  • Le Philosophe boiteux, Le Havre, Franciscopolis/Presses du réel, 2014.
  • La Jouissance. Questions de caractère, with Adèle Van Reeth, Paris, Plon, 2014.
  • La Communauté désavouée, Paris, Galilée, 2014.
  • Inventions à deux voix. Entretiens, with Danielle Cohen-Levinas, Paris, Éditions du Félin, 2015.
  • Proprement dit : Entretien sur le mythe, with Mathilde Girard, Paris, Lignes, 2015.
  • Journal des Phéniciennes, Paris, Christian Bourgois, 2015.
  • Banalité de Heidegger, Paris, Galilée, 2015.
  • Demande : Littérature et philosophie, Paris, Galilée, 2015.
  • Entretien sur le christianisme (Paris, 2008), with Bernard Stiegler and Alain Jugnon, in: Bernard Stiegler, Dans la disruption : Comment ne pas devenir fou ?, Paris, Les Liens qui Libèrent, 2016.
  • Que faire ?, Paris, Galilée, 2016.
  • Signaux sensibles, entretien à propos des arts, with Jérôme Lèbre, Paris, Bayard, 2017.
  • La Tradition allemande dans la philosophie, with Alain Badiou, Paris, Éditions Lignes, 2017.
  • Sexistence, Paris, Galilée, 2017.
  • Exclu le Juif en nous, Paris, Galilée, 2018.

English translations

  • The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism. With Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Albany: SUNY Press, 1988.
  • The Inoperative Community. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991.
  • The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan. With Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Albany: SUNY Press, 1992.
  • The Birth to Presence. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993.
  • The Experience of Freedom. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993.
  • The Muses. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
  • The Gravity of Thought. New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1997.
  • Retreating the Political. With Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; edited by Simon Sparks. London: Routledge, 1997.
  • The Sense of the World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.
  • Being Singular Plural. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.
  • The Speculative Remark: One of Hegel's Bons Mots. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001.
  • Hegel: The Restlessness of the Negative. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
  • A Finite Thinking. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003
  • The Ground of the Image. New York: Fordham University Press, 2005.
  • Multiple Arts (The Muses II). Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.
  • The Creation of the World or Globalization. Albany: SUNY Press, 2007.
  • Listening. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007.
  • The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007.
  • Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
  • Philosophical Chronicles (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy). New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
  • Noli Me Tangere: On the Raising of the Body. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
  • Corpus. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
  • On the Commerce of Thinking: On Books and Bookstores. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009.
  • The Fall of Sleep. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009.
  • The Truth of Democracy. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.
  • God, Justice, Love, Beauty: Four Little Dialogues. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011.
  • In Place of Utopia. In Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought. New York & London: Continuum, 2012.
  • Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.
  • The Pleasure in Drawing. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.
  • Being Nude. The Skin of Images. With Federico Ferrari; New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.
  • The Disavowed Community. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.
  • Foreword of Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-politics, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
  • Dies Irae. London: University of Westminster Press, 2019.

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