By L. Iyer

Iyer argues for the transformative capability for philosophy and political perform of the idea of Maurice Blanchot. The booklet lines Blanchot's advanced negotiations of the concept of Hegel, Heidegger, Bataille and Levinas, which allowed him to increase his designated account of the murals and his account of the outlet to the opposite. Iyer additionally examines the importance of Blanchot's interventions in French political existence, particularly, his participation within the occasions of may possibly 1968.

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And it is that date, in my view, which denies intellectuals any hope of disappearing and so shying away from being questioned, from the torment of being questioned’. The intellectual is questioned because of the distance between the happening of communism, which always occurs, and existing political institutions. Granted, community gives itself to be experienced in an act of selfdestruction, in which, in its singularity, its refusal to come to presence, can be neither abstracted nor concretised.

44 As I have claimed, Blanchot repeats Bataille’s work, giving it to us anew. In foregrounding the word ‘impossibility’, he is not selecting the master word or concept that would unlock the secrets of Bataille’s work once and for all. It is a word, rather, which resonates with other words Blanchot found necessary to put into play in The Infinite Conversation. It is the correspondences at play within this enormous text that grants it a kind of unity – not, the unity, it is true, of a classically ordered philosophical system, but one which indicates the way in which any such system already outbids its systematicity.

Here, Blanchot follows Bataille, a philosopher no less concerned with the opening to the Other than Levinas, but who refuses to determine this opening as an opening to the good. Blanchot met Bataille in 1940, at a time when both were moving away from a turbulent period of political activity. It is really the Bataille of the war years, the author of the fragmentary texts that make up his The Atheological Summa who is closest to Blanchot. Bataille’s writings do not indicate a retreat from reflections on communal life but their intensification.

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