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Étienne Balibar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273607

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273607.001.0001

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Blanchot’s Insubordination: On the Writing of the Manifesto of the 121

Blanchot’s Insubordination: On the Writing of the Manifesto of the 121

(p.256) Thirteen: Blanchot’s Insubordination: On the Writing of the Manifesto of the 121
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Étienne Balibar

, Steven Miller
Fordham University Press

This chapter analyzes the encounter between the radicality of the Manifesto of the 121 and the specific radicality of Blanchot's own thinking and writing. First, the chapter adheres to the letter of the manifesto and discusses the implications of its key words and expressions. It then examines the intersection between the idea of a “declared right to insubordination” and other of Blanchot's formulations that refer to the idea of a refusal or negativity that under certain circumstances might be carried to extremes. Finally, this chapter outlines two concurrent hypotheses that can be formed with respect to the idea of a “foundation without foundation” of the law, which is evidenced precisely by the need for civil insubordination or disobedience.

Keywords:   Maurice Blanchot, Manifesto of the 121, radicality, Blanchot's thought, insubordination, foundation without foundation, civil insubordination, civil disobedience

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