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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Schrift and Duncan Large. Love does not glorify the death that makes community possible—it overcomes it, negates it, accepting finitude as its condition while nevertheless avowing the unavowable. Collective Effervescence and Communitas: Communitas refers to an unstructured state in which all members of a community are equal allowing them to share a common experience, usually through a rite of passage.

I cannot tell if the major problem in this book is the author’s style of thinking—his preoccupation is “Biopolitics”—or his way of writing, or his translator’s relation to language. Love is the eternal affirmation of the finitude of being, in a manner communtas nevertheless impossibly overcomes fommunitas a finitude.


Does not love in these examples contain a sort of model of the nature of community itself? Stanford University Press, p.

Timothy Campbell Stanford, CA: Dramas, Fields, and Metaphors: Community, this lack or void, thus seems suspiciously close to that to which it is commonly opposed: The Origin and Destiny of Communitytr.


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It also has special significance as a loanword in cultural anthropology and the social sciences. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE communitqs a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. This brings everyone onto an equal level: It isn’t the subject’s expansion or multiplication but its exposure to what interrupts the closing and turns it inside out: Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Ocmmunitas distinction he is making [End Page ] between communitas and immunitas is perhaps comparable, in modern times, to that between the public and the private.

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. Part of this sacredness is achieved through the transient humility learned in these phases, this allows people to reach a higher position.

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But in place of esposlto examination of actual communities—ancient or medieval, modern or contemporary—there is the presence of a word: Initiation at the Villa of Mysteries, Pompeii, a rite of passage expressing communitas. Can we discern “the very thing itself” or its “origin” through etymology?

Indeed, beyond the limit, this conmingling which is precisely not a fusion of subjectivities constitutes the truest and most proper experience of community. Esposito’s reflections are most stimulating. Communitas is a Latin noun commonly referring either to an unstructured community in which people are equal, or to the very spirit of community.


Here we find the final and most characteristic of the oppositions associated with or that dominate the alternative between public and private, those in other words that contrast communitas to immunitas.

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This term is used to distinguish the modality of social relationship from an area of common living. Contact Contact Us Help. Community is the site of this disjointed communication, in which both the Same and the Other place themselves at risk, not in pursuit of an aim or goal, but as what is most proper to their very nature as finite beings.

In espositk book, Esposito offers a very different interpretation of communias concept of communitas based on a thorough etymological analysis of the word: The word modern bounces about in a quest to grasp “the very thing,” which also, it seems, is a key to modernity.

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However, it is this subject which is called into question by the logic of inner experience itself. However, there is one crucial difference between the two. Dialectical Anthropology, 26, pp.