Explores the core of Balibar’s work since 1980
This collection explores Balibar’s rethinking of the connections between subjection and subjectivity by tracing the genealogies of these concepts in their discursive history. The 12 essays provide an overview of Balibar’s work after his collaboration with Althusser. They explain and expand his framework; in particular, by restoring Arabic and Islamic thought to the conversation on the citizen subject. The collection includes two previously untranslated essays by Balibar himself on Carl Schmitt and Thomas Hobbes.
Notes on the contributors
Introduction: Balibar and the Citizen Subject
Warren Montag and Hanan Elsayed
Part I: Balibar Reading Schmitt Reading Hobbes: Equality or Sameness?
1. Schmitt’s Hobbes, Hobbes’s Schmitt
2. The Mortal God and his Faithful Subjects: Hobbes, Schmitt and the Antinomies of Secularism
Part II: Transindividual / Universal
1. The ‘Other Scene’ of Political Anthropology: Between Transindividuality and Equaliberty
2. Intersubjectivity or Transindividuality: The Leibniz-Spinoza Alternative
3. A Parallelism of Consciousness and Property: Balibar's Reading of Locke
4. Figures of Universalism: Notes on Philosophy and Politics in Etienne Balibar
5. Balibar and the Philosophy of Science
Part III: Inequality, Violence and the Possibility of Citizenship
6. La Haine: Falling in Slow Motion
7. Morbid Perseverance: The Internal Border and White Supremacy
8. Just like a woman: Balibar on the politics of reproduction
9. Another "Neo-Racism": Balibar and the Everywhere War,
Notes on contributors
About the Author
Hanan Elsayed is Assistant Professor in Spanish and French Studies at Occidental College.
There is hardly a field in contemporary critical thought that does not bear the traces of the powerful interventions of Étienne Balibar. This collection of essays is not merely a due homage to his work. It opens up new and challenging pathways in the wake of Balibar’s philosophical and political reflection.