By Lars Iyer
Iyer argues for the transformative capability for philosophy and political perform of the concept of Maurice Blanchot. The ebook strains Blanchot's advanced negotiations of the concept of Hegel, Heidegger, Bataille and Levinas, which allowed him to improve his certain account of the murals and his account of the hole to the opposite. Iyer additionally examines the importance of Blanchot's interventions in French political lifestyles, specifically, his participation within the occasions of could 1968.
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Writing may appear to be irresponsibility itself, in which one writes without being present to defend what one writes. Who can call the writer to account? The intellectual, here, is not condemned to writing as to an inﬁnite detour from the immediacy to which he or she would answer, but would bear witness to an exposition of nothingness or nonactuality which, although it does not issue in a system of prescriptive norms, nonetheless bears a profound ethical and political demand. This is why Bataille’s practice in the heterogeneous texts which may be grouped under the general title of The Atheological Summa is exemplary for Blanchot.
For Blanchot, however, the human being is no longer deﬁned solely as the dialectical entity who is capable of the negation of the given and, simultaneously, as a product created by and through that negation. It cannot rise to the decision of which Kojève believes it to be capable, that is, of being without being. Nothingness cannot be brought about through an act of will. Bataille presents this experience in terms of an encounter with a certain animality. Kojève, as we have seen, insists upon differentiating animality as such from the sublimated animality implicit in human existence.
This, of course, requires a theoretical underpinning that would allow one to answer to the indeterminability of community: a practice of commentary that would show how, in the close, patient scrutiny of events, of texts, of happenings, of philosophies, one might discover and attest to other such events in our present. It would show that the past is contingent; that a future is possible because its course is not prescribed. It is to hope for the repetition that would afﬁrm the indeterminable, the leeway, the freedom of the communitarian exigence.
Blanchot's Communism: Art, Philosophy and the Political by Lars Iyer