This volume explores the issues at the center of many historical and contemporary reflections on community and sociality in Continental philosophy. The essays reflect on the thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, Arendt, Derrida, Badiou, Fanon, Baldwin, Nancy, Agamben and Laruelle.

Continental Perspectives on Community brings the different approaches of these thinkers into conversation with each other. It discusses the possibility of how the concept of community can extend beyond the one and beyond any sense of unity and totality. Additionally, the book shows how notion of community in plurality is at the heart of ethical and political reflections on alterity and race, of political philosophical reflections on the exception, and of ontological reflections on what it means for humans to be social. In this way, it offers an important contribution to the examination of how a community can be thought today.

This book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working on social, political, and cultural issues in Continental philosophy.

chapter |11 pages


Thinking Community Today

part I|63 pages

Community Beyond Unity

chapter 1|14 pages

On Open Community

Nancy, Laruelle, and the Un-Determination of the Real

chapter 2|19 pages

Community and Coexistence

Nancy and Derrida Reading Hegel, Separately and Together

chapter 3|13 pages

A Community That Is Not One

Nietzsche and the True Voice of Justice

chapter 4|15 pages

Communities of Exception

Badiou and Agamben on Saint Paul

part II|58 pages

Community in Plurality

chapter 6|13 pages

Dialectics, Alterity, Race

chapter 7|16 pages

Levinas on Human Sociality

Beyond Belonging and Back Again