[Marxism] Etienne Balibar Talks

Rowan Wilson rowanwilsonwork at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Nov 2 12:33:44 MDT 2007

Verso author Etienne Balibar will be speaking at
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities
Tuesday 6th November, 2.30pm - 5pm 
Rooms B03 & B04
43, Gordon Square
London WC1H OPD
Free - all welcome
Etienne Balibar: From Cosmopolitanism to Cosmopolitics

Cosmopolitanism as an idea has a long and complex history, essentially western, tracing back to Greek philosophy and reaching the contemporary projects of collective security and ecological community. It has been successively interfering with programmes of universal sovereignty, perpetual peace, internationalism, decolonisation, and, consequently, divided along political lines in its interpretation. It is still very much a source of inspiration for theorists of international law, transnational social movements, and post-national cultural critique. 

Etienne Balibar is Professorial Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Emeritus Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Paris 10 Nanterre and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California , Irvine 
His latest book is published by Verso: THE PHILOSOPHY OF MARX
In The Philosophy of Marx, Balibar examines all the key areas of Marx’s writings, including his early works, The Communist Manifesto, The German Ideology and Capital, explaining their wider historical and theoretical context. Making clear such concepts as class struggle, ideology, humanism, progress, determinism, commodity fetishism, and the state, Balibar includes brief yet incisive biographical studies of key Marxists such as Althusser, Gramsci, Engels and Lenin.           
“A very intelligent and creative work – succinct and informative; it explores the ways in which Marxism as such challenges traditional philosophy (and the problems the latter possesses for it).  It would certainly have a privileged place on the shelf of contemporary studies of Marx.” – Fredric Jameson
isbn 978-1-84467-187-8 / £9.99 / $15.95 / $20can

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