Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Oct 2, , Brigitte Bargetz and others published Equaliberty: political essays. It could be asserted that the spectre of Equaliberty (Égaliberté) has haunted Étienne Balibar’s work for decades. Political Essays, transl. Equaliberty: Political Essays by ÉtienneBalibar(trans. James Ingram).Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp., £, ISBN.

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This moves to the question of today’s crisis.


The paradox Balibar asserts is both A and B are intertwined as one can only conceive of A on the grounds of B and vice versa. Equaliberty implies consequences on a material level despite its radical undetermination as a universal proposition Balibar History of Western Philosophy. World Borders, Political Borders. This is partly captured by the belief that equality is economic or social while freedom is juridical-political and institutional.

Request removal from index. It demands that citizenship not be denied on the grounds of privileges. I amounts to the assertion that equality A and liberty B cannot and should not be conceived of as isolated concepts. As an arch-aporetic proposition, it remains true in the sense that it calls for a reinvigoration of its own demands in historicopolitical situations. Such an approach, he argues, recognizes that the process of instituting norms is not something external to the construction of the universal and the institution of modern citizenship but that in fact the determination of norms of conduct is the hidden face of citizenship Duke University Press As I already hinted, equaliberty is not genuinely an idea but rather a proposition causing implications to be constantly re-evaluated.

Reflections exsays Transnational Citizenship. Respectively, Balibar is close to Derrida in implicitly asserting that there is eqqualiberty certain degree of violence that always inherits the force of law.

That is to say, the truth-proposition, once discovered and here one can indeed account for an Event with a capital E [namely: No categories specified categorize this paper. Neither liberty nor equality demands a consensus with the other. Alternatively, we could argue with Agamben: Implicit here is politicaal somewhat Squaliberty insight. Specifically we could talk of the peculiarity of geopolitical hegemony, an individualistic frontier ideology, and that the principle of universal social rights has never been fully recognized in the United States Andrei Marmor – – Oup Usa.

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However, he is not convinced by the universal applicability of this argument, believing Brown’s theory of de-democratization to reflect the particularity of American society.

In short, there is no suppression of either liberty or equality—if one is suppressed, the other will also be so. Indeed, this continual problematization of the conditions for citizenship might be considered to be an exemplary manifestation of what it means to be a critical citizen.

In other words, there is a process of constant negotiation between constituted and constituent forms of power; between the demand for an institutionalisation of universal rights and its actual incorporation into a legal framework. In actuality, the history of modern citizenship represents a differential of continuous insurrection and constitution 3.

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Democracy in a Global World: European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 2 3: Hence Balibar engages positively with arguments such as Wendy Brown’s that see current events driven by market deregulation as well as constant interventions by the state into civil society in order to create citizens who are grounded in a logic of economic calculation Etienne Balibar – – Iris. It is helpful to clarify I and II separately, as each of them point to slightly different facets of equaliberty.

Essays on Political Morality. Social and Political Philosophy. Ethics in the Public Domain: First and foremost, to implement both on a practical scale is a matter of negotiation:. Equality needs to agree with liberty at some point in time Balibar It is aligned with two additional forms of universality: The confrontation of institutional logics, where law sanctions the universalizing force of obligation and social relations of forces including the moral and ideological, represents a permanent condition of politics It identifies and expands upon a crucial tension within liberal citizenship that runs through the course of history, but which seems particularly prescient today, especially within Europe.


The community of citizens as it arises is thus necessarily imperfect; it circulates between two extremes whereby it inevitably creates exclusionary boundaries. In recent times a gap has emerged between the prerequisites of freedom and those of equality, which were previously inseparably associated. Politics is constituted by an incessant encounter between its own egalitarian logic and a police logic perhaps especially revealed today in struggles over citizenship rights.

Vermeren – – Diogenes 55 4: Balibar coins the term ‘equaliberty’ to capture this contradictory unity. The demand to limit this violence inheres equaliberty, precisely as the proposition demands a constant, contextual practice of repositing the institutional foundations of the political field itself. No keywords specified fix it. Thus, to authentically demand equality universally is to demand equality freely i. A Tie To Be Tied: This entry has no external links.

It thus precedes institutionalisation, yet it demands its own integration despite the fact that it can never be adequately, i. This entry has no external links.

Its inherent universality is thus negative Balibar Notify me of new posts by email. Balibar also address what he calls the pseudo-notion that the realization of equality occurs through state intervention, essentially through redistribution, whereas freedom is about limiting this intervention