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Balibar and the Citizen Subject

Edited by Warren Montag, Hanan Elsayed

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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.

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Contents

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
Etienne Balibar


2. The Mortal God and his Faithful Subjects: Hobbes, Schmitt and the Antinomies of Secularism
Etienne Balibar


Part II: Transindividual / Universal


1. The ‘Other Scene’ of Political Anthropology: Between Transindividuality and Equaliberty
Jason Read


2. Intersubjectivity or Transindividuality: The Leibniz-Spinoza Alternative
Vittorio Morfino


3. A Parallelism of Consciousness and Property: Balibar's Reading of Locke
Warren Montag


4. Figures of Universalism: Notes on Philosophy and Politics in Etienne Balibar
Mohamed Moulfi


5. Balibar and the Philosophy of Science
Giorgos Fourtounis


Part III: Inequality, Violence and the Possibility of Citizenship


6. La Haine: Falling in Slow Motion
Hanan Elsayed


7. Morbid Perseverance: The Internal Border and White Supremacy
James Ford


8. Just like a woman: Balibar on the politics of reproduction
Nancy Armstrong


9. Another "Neo-Racism": Balibar and the Everywhere War,
Mike Hill


Notes on contributors
Index

About the Author

Warren Montag is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College.

Hanan Elsayed is Assistant Professor in Spanish and French Studies at Occidental College.

Reviews

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.

- Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna

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