Thinking with BalibarA Lexicon of Conceptual Practice

Thinking with BalibarA Lexicon of Conceptual Practice

Ann Laura Stoler, Stathis Gourgouris, and Jacques Lezra

Print publication date: 2021

ISBN: 9780823288519

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

This volume, the first sustained critical work on the writing of the French political philosopher Etienne 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 contributors examine “Balibar and the Philosophy of the Concept” (Warren Montag), “Anthropological” (Bruce Robbins), “Border-concept” (Stathis Gourgouris), “Civil Religion” (Judith Butler), “Concept” (Etienne Balbar), “Contre- / Counter-” (Bernard E. Harcourt), “Conversion” (Monique David-Ménard), “Cosmopolitics” (Emily Apter), “Interior Frontiers” (Ann Laura Stoler), “Materialism” (Patrice Maniglier), “The Political” (Adi Ophir), “Punishment” (Didier Fassin), “Race” (Hanan Elsayed), “Relation” (Jacques Lezra), “Rights” (J.M. Bernstein), and “Solidarity” (Gary Wilder). 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. Each lexical entry/essay makes a startling, novel intervention in current debates, and as a whole Thinking with Balibar offers a model of collaborative critico-political reading of great importance to global academic culture.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Anthropological

Bruce Robbins

Concept

Étienne Balibar

Contre-/Counter-

Bernard E. Harcourt

Conversion

Monique David-Ménard

Cosmopolitics

Emily Apter

Interior Frontiers

Ann Laura Stoler

Materialism

Patrice Maniglier

The Political

Adi Ophir

Punishment

Didier Fassin

Race

Hanan Elsayed

Relation

Jacques Lezra

Rights

J. M. Bernstein

Solidarity

Gary Wilder