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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Introduction: Balibar and the Citizen SubjectWarren Montag and Hanan Elsayed

Part I: Balibar Reading Schmitt Reading Hobbes: Equality or Sameness?

1. Schmitt’s Hobbes, Hobbes’s SchmittEtienne Balibar

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

Part II: Transindividual / Universal

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

2. Intersubjectivity or Transindividuality: The Leibniz-Spinoza AlternativeVittorio Morfino

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

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

5. Balibar and the Philosophy of ScienceGiorgos Fourtounis

Part III: Inequality, Violence and the Possibility of Citizenship

6. La Haine: Falling in Slow MotionHanan Elsayed

7. Morbid Perseverance: The Internal Border and White SupremacyJames Ford

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

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

Notes on contributorsIndex

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
Warren Montag is Brown Family Professor in Literature, English at Occidental College. His publications include The Other Adam Smith with Mike Hill (Stanford UP, 2014) and Althusser and his Contemporaries: Philosophy’s Perpetual War (Duke UP, 2013).

Hanan Elsayed is Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies at Occidental College, where she teaches French and Arabic languages and literatures. She is the author of L'Histoire sacrée de l'Islam dans la fiction maghrébine (Karthala, 2016).

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