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Citizen subject : foundations for philosophical anthropology

Author: Étienne Balibar
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2017.
Series: Commonalities.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book constitutes the summation of Étienne Balibar's career-long project to think the necessary and necessarily antagonistic relation between the categories of citizen and subject. In this magnum opus, the question of modernity is framed anew with special attention to the self-enunciation of the subject (in Descartes, Locke, Rousseau, and Derrida), the constitution of the community as "we" (in Hegel, Marx, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Étienne Balibar
ISBN: 9780823273607 0823273601 9780823273614 082327361X
OCLC Number: 956530257
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Awards: Winner of 2013 French Voices Prize 2014
Description: xvi, 391 pages ; 26 cm.
Contents: "Ego sum, ego existo" : Descartes on the verge of heresy --
"My self," "My own" : variations on Locke --
Aimances in Rousseau : Julie or The new Heloise as treatise on the passions --
From sense certainty to the law of genre : Hegel, Benveniste, Derrida --
Ich, das Wir, und Wir, das Ich ist : spirit's dictum --
Messianic moment in Marx --
Zur Sache Selbst : the common and the universal in Hegel's Phenomenology of spirit --
Men, armies, peoples : Tolstoy and the subject of war --
Social contract among commodities : Marx and the subject of exchange --
Judging self and others : on the political theory of reflexive individualism --
Private crime, public madness --
Invention of the superego : Freud and Kelsen, 1922 --
Blanchot's insubordination : on the writing of the Manifesto of the 121 --
Bourgeois universality and anthropological differences.
Series Title: Commonalities.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Étienne Balibar ; translated by Steven Miller.

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