The translation of Roberto Esposito’s works, starting with Bios: Biopolitics question), Esposito sought to justify a biopolitics of multiplicity, in Communitas ( the. Community is generally understood as a shared property, something individual beings have in common. Through etymological analysis of the Latin word that is. In , Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito published a book under the name Communitas challenging the traditional.

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But what is the nature of this non-knowledge, and how does it relate to community?

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Nevertheless, in none of these cases has the concept been examined from the perspective of community’s original etymological meaning: In fact, Esposito argues, nihilism and community are closer than they first appear: This is precisely what nihilism lacks.

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In this book, Esposito offers a very different interpretation of the concept of communitas based on a thorough etymological analysis of the word: Log In Sign Up.

State University of New York, To do so is to deny the Mitsein that we always already are. Community, this lack or void, thus seems suspiciously close to that to which it is commonly opposed: InItalian philosopher Roberto Esposito published a book under the name Communitas challenging the traditional understanding of this concept.

To think community in utilitarian terms is to once again enter that dialectic of sacrifice and gain, loss and rediscovery, which permeates all modern conceptions of community.


From him we learn of the consequences when “the constitutively concave character of communitas is displaced by its affirmative entification. It isn’t the subject’s expansion or multiplication but its exposure to what interrupts the closing and turns it inside out: The Coming CommunityMinnesota: Can we discern “the very thing commmunitas or its “origin” through etymology?

Yet to do so would be to deny these incomparable thinkers the Sorge they demand. Tinsley, Edited by Alan D. This important and attractive translation brings to political theorists working in English Esposito’s skill at speaking across the division between the analytic continental traditions. Sallnow ‘s Contesting the Sacred The community, as the site of no-thing and thing, must continuously wrestle with its incomplete nature, the finite character that colors it just as it colors those who engage in that community.


The most familiar is the difference of secular and sacred. What nihilism imposes on our thinking is an incapacity to be in this no-thing, commmunitas extend ourselves into it beyond any project or work.

There is more than one distinction between structure and communitas. Dialectical Anthropology, 26, pp. And have there not been social and political orders—federal ones, for instance—with significantly differentiated bonds, responsibilities, and immunities distributed among individuals and communities? Their book examines three kinds of possible societies: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The distinction he is making [End Page ] between communitas and immunitas is perhaps comparable, in modern times, to that between the public and the private.


Retrieved from ” https: Esposito’s reflections are most stimulating. In fact, perhaps the most meaningful thing that can be said about community is its use-less-ness. Stanford University Press,pp. I have often thought communtas editing a “Dictionary of Damaged Words,” whose covert aim would be to rescue at least some of them for intellectual use.

Stanford University Press, p. Every social position has something sacred about it. Help Center Find new research papers in: You have no such obligation, however, if you are immune. Love is the eternal affirmation of the finitude of being, in a manner that nevertheless impossibly overcomes such a finitude.

The Anthropology of Collective Joy. Contact Contact Us Help. Bibliography Bataille, Georges, and Allan Stoekl.

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Both nihilism and community are no-thing, in that they are defined not by any sort of proper character but by a lack. Bataille, on the other hand, argues that it is the mortal nature of men comkunitas most properly separates them. Loeb and David F. Readings of Hobbes, Rousseau, Heidegger, Arendt, and Bataille, among others, buoy up Esposito’s exploration of the word.