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On Universals: Constructing and Deconstructing Community

Etienne Balibar


Many on the Left have looked upon “universal” as a dirty word, one that signals liberalism's failure to recognize the masculinist and Eurocentric assumptions from which it proceeds. In rejecting universalism, we have learned to reorient politics around particulars, positionalities, identities, immanence, and multiple modernities. This book builds on these critiques of the tacit exclusions of Enlightenment thought, while at the same time working to rescue and reinvent what universal claims can offer for a revolutionary politics answerable to the common. In the contemporary quarrel of universals ... More

Keywords: universalism, universal, Enlightenment thought, universal claims, revolutionary politics, modern society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823288564
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Etienne Balibar, author
Universite de Paris X-Nanterre