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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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The Political

The Political

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(p.158) The Political
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Thinking with Balibar
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Adi Ophir

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288519.003.0011

Identifies and discusses two “binding” political principles in Balibar’s work: equaliberty, and an explicit and systematic negation of the universalist dimension of equality and liberty. This other principle binds “a politics of purity.” Juxtaposing these two antagonistic forms of politics and explicating their common ground helps articulate an outline for a concept of the political that does not exclude one type of politics in favor of the other but is rather realized equally in both. The two types (and their opposite binding principles) are symmetrical in certain respects that make them equally (and especially well) equipped to demonstrate basic aspects of the political event and of the political as an event.

Keywords:   equaliberty, event, politics, power, purity, Rancière, violence

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