Jean-Luc Nancy: 2 Essays [2004 // 148 p. // translation: Tomislav Medak]

Jean-Luc Nancy is a professor of philosophy at Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg. He is the author of a large number of extremely influential studies, and certainly the most important thinker of the generation that inherited Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, or Lyotard. Given the importance of Nancy’s opinion, it can be said that it was with him that French philosophy stepped into the 21st century. “The Disavowed Community” (1986) is a text that caused the so-called political turn in philosophical deconstruction, and it presents a careful analysis of the concept of community in an age when all certainties are disappearing, most notably the certainty of sovereign political action. In Being Singular Plural (1996), Nancy brilliantly developed the thought of a community without substance. These trials struck the foundations of a new possible political opinion in a period of utter exhaustion of the meaning of community in the shadow of the fall of communism.