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This volume, the first sustained critical work on the French political philosopher Étienne Balibar, collects essays by sixteen prominent philosophers, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, sociologists, and literary critics who each identify, define, and explore a central concept in Balibar’s thought. The result is a hybrid lexicon-engagement that makes clear the depth and importance of Balibar’s contribution to the most urgent topics in contemporary thought.

The book shows the continuing vitality of materialist thought across the humanities and social sciences and will be fundamental for understanding the philosophical bases of the contemporary left critique of globalization, neoliberalism, and the articulation of race, racism, and economic exploitation.

Contributors: Emily Apter, Étienne Balbar, J. M. Bernstein, Judith Butler, Monique David-Ménard, Hanan Elsayed, Didier Fassin, Stathis Gourgouris, Bernard E. Harcourt, Jacques Lezra, Patrice Maniglier, Warren Montag, Adi Ophir, Bruce Robbins, Ann Laura Stoler, Gary Wilder

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ISBN-13: 9780823288489
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Series: Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ann Laura Stoler (Edited By)
Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research where she directs the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry. Her most recent book is Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times (Duke, 2016).

Stathis Gourgouris (Edited By)
Stathis Gourgouris is Professor of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. His most recent book is The Perils of the One (Columbia, 2019).

Jacques Lezra (Edited By)
Jacques Lezra is Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies at the University of California—Riverside. His most recent book is On the Nature of Marx’s Things: Translation as Necrophilology (Fordham, 2018).

Table of Contents

Preface | vii

Introduction: Balibar and the Philosophy of the Concept
Warren Montag | 1

Bruce Robbins | 15

Border-Concept (of the Political)
Stathis Gourgouris | 28

Civil Religion: Secularism as Religion?
Judith Butler | 45

Étienne Balibar | 54

Contre- / Counter-
Bernard E. Harcourt | 71

Monique David-Ménard | 85

Emily Apter | 94

Interior Frontiers
Ann Laura Stoler | 117

Patrice Maniglier | 140

The Political
Adi Ophir | 158

Didier Fassin | 183

Hanan Elsayed | 193

Jacques Lezra | 211

J. M. Bernstein | 230

Gary Wilder | 253

Bibliography | 275

List of Contributors | 311

Index | 315

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