Etienne Balibar

Etienne Balibar is a philosopher and currently professor emeritus at the University of Paris-Nanterre. He is visiting professor at Columbia University, Affiliate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine and holds Anniversary Chair Professorship at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University. Balibar’s philosophical career began through his collaborative research on Marx’s texts conducted with Luis Althusser which resulted in the publication Reading Capital. He wrote several other works on Marxism including On the Dictatorship of the Proletariat and The Philosophy of Marx. Besides the books on Spinoza, Spinoza and Politics and Spinoza politique: Le transindividuel, his research, investigates futures of political concepts and institutions. These works include Europe, Constitution, Frontière (2005), Saeculum: culture, religion, idéologie (2012), Violence and Civility: On the Limits of Political Philosophy (2015), and Citizen Subject: Foundations for Philosophical Anthropology (2016).

Philosophy World Democracy

It will not be a world democracy, since it must be the people themselves who create themselves and arrange themselves. Rather, we affirm a democratic essence of the world: peopled by all the living and by all the conversing, wholly configured by their existence and by their words.