Étienne Balibar

is a French philosopher and currently Anniversary Chair of Contemporary European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Visiting Professor at Columbia University.

The Genre of the Party

The Genre of the Party

I would like to briefly return to what might be the cen­tral prob­lem of polit­i­cal sub­jec­tiv­i­ty, where Marx­ist thought encoun­tered its lim­it and ulti­mate­ly hit an impasse: the par­ty-form and its con­flict­ual rela­tion­ship with anoth­er “form,” that of the “women’s move­ment” and, con­se­quent­ly, fem­i­nism.

The Communist Desire to Change the World – and Ourselves

The Communist Desire to Change the World – and Ourselves

Chiara Gior­gi: Karl Marx’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion of com­mu­nism was that of an alter­na­tive to cap­i­tal­ism, the ground for which it had in fact already pre­pared. This idea opened up one of the main ques­tions of com­mu­nism, name­ly the very notion of tran­si­tion. In The Phi­los­o­phy of Marx, you have observed that, far from embrac­ing an evo­lu­tion­ist view, the tran­si­tion fore­seen by… Read more →