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Thinking with BalibarA Lexicon of Conceptual Practice$
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Ann Laura Stoler, Stathis Gourgouris, and Jacques Lezra

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288519

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288519.001.0001

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(p.71) Contre-/Counter-
Thinking with Balibar

Bernard E. Harcourt

, Ann Laura Stoler, Stathis Gourgouris, Jacques Lezra
Fordham University Press

Examines the “counter-” move in Balibar’s thought, analysing it not in the Kantian or Hegelian sense of a synthesis that resolves an antinomic opposition (not the least of which, because the particle “contre-” functions differently than the particle “anti-”), but rather as an original counterpoint that itself becomes so powerful as to liberate itself from the oppositional relationship and transform itself into a free-standing concept, intervention, or even mode of governmentality. It is not an opposition that leads to a synthesis, but instead to a stage of “perfection” that (1) merely indexes its former counter-partner, and (2) becomes a fully independent concept, all to itself, that does not incorporate its opposition and is no longer a reaction against anything.

Keywords:   anarchism, counterrevolution, positivism, resistance

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