Violence and Civility: On the Limits of Political Philosophy by Étienne Balibar

Violence and Civility: On the Limits of Political Philosophy

byÉtienne BalibarTranslated byG. M. Goshgarian

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In Violence and Civility, Étienne Balibar boldly confronts the insidious causes of violence, racism, nationalism, and ethnic cleansing worldwide, as well as mass poverty and dispossession. Through a novel synthesis of theory and empirical studies of contemporary violence, the acclaimed thinker pushes past the limits of political philosophy to reconceive war, revolution, sovereignty, and class.

Through the pathbreaking thought of Derrida, Balibar builds a topography of cruelty converted into extremism by ideology, juxtaposing its subjective forms (identity delusions, the desire for extermination, and the pursuit of vengeance) and its objective manifestations (capitalist exploitation and an institutional disregard for life). Engaging with Marx, Hegel, Hobbes, Clausewitz, Schmitt, and Luxemburg, Balibar introduces a new, productive understanding of politics as antiviolence and a fresh approach to achieving and sustaining civility. Rooted in the principles of transformation and empowerment, this theory brings hope to a world increasingly divided even as it draws closer together.

About The Author

Étienne Balibar is emeritus professor of philosophy at Paris X Nanterre and emeritus professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently professor of modern European philosophy at Kingston University, London, and visiting professor at Columbia University. His books include The Philosophy of Mar...
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Title:Violence and Civility: On the Limits of Political PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pagesPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231153996

ISBN - 13:9780231153997

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Violence and Politics: Questions1. From Extreme Violence to the Problem of Civility2. Hegel, Hobbes, and the "Conversion of Violence"3. "Inconvertible" Violence? An Essay in Topography4. Strategies of CivilityAprès-Coup: The Limits of Political AnthropologyAppendixNotesIndex

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Balibar is one of the most rigorous thinkers of contemporary politics... Balibar's reflections in Violence and Civility, as elsewhere in his work, are subtle and at times profound.