Professor Etienne Balibar


I graduated in Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne in Paris (1964). I have a PhD from Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Netherlands) (1987) and Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (1993). I have been teaching at Universities of Algiers, Paris 1, Leiden, Paris 10-Nanterre, Buenos-Aires, U.C. Irvine, Columbia University in New York. 

Academic responsibilities

Visiting Professor in Modern European Philosophy


  • Agrégation de Philosophie 1964
  • PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
  • Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Teaching and learning


My research interests include political philosophy from Aristotle to Arendt through Spinoza, Hegel and Marx, recent and contemporary French Philosophy (especially Althusser, Foucault, Derrida, Blanchot), the question of critique with special reference to religion and political economy, racism and nationalism. I recently published a book on secularism and cosmopolitanism (Saeculum. Religion, Culture, Idéologie, 2012, english translation fortchcoming with Columbia University Press) and a book on conflicting universalities (Des universels, 2016, English translation forthcoming with Fordham University Press).

Research student supervision


Number of items: 40.


Balibar, Étienne (2022) Dying one's own death : Freud with Rilke. Angelaki, 27(1), pp. 128-139. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Balibar, Etienne (2020) Ontological difference, anthropological difference, and equal liberty. European Journal of Philosophy, 28(1), pp. 3-14. ISSN (print) 0966-8373

Balibar, Etienne (2018) Sur l'expropriation des expropriateurs. Revue de metaphysique et de morale, 100(4), pp. 479-490. ISSN (print) 0035-1571

Balibar, Etienne (2017) Fremde, nicht Feinde. In Richtung eines neuen Kosmopolitismus? Allgemeine Zeitschrift fur Philosophie, 42, pp. 127-143. ISSN (print) 0340-7969

Balibar, Etienne (2016) Critique in the 21st century : political economy still, and religion again. Radical Philosophy, 200, pp. 11-21. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Balibar, Etienne (2016) Apres la fin de l'Europe. Vacarme, 74, pp. 153-158. ISSN (print) 1253-2479

Balibar, Etienne (2016) Democratisations. Vacarme, pp. 136-141. ISSN (print) 1253-2479

Balibar, Etienne (2016) Europe at the limits. Interventions, 18(2), pp. 165-171. ISSN (print) 1369-801X

Balibar, Etienne (2015) Foucault's point of heresy : 'Quasi-Transcendentals' and the transdisciplinary function of the episteme. Theory, Culture & Society, 32(5-6), pp. 45-77. ISSN (print) 0263-2764

Balibar, Etienne (2015) Althusser's dramaturgy and the critique of ideology. Differences, 26(3), pp. 1-22. ISSN (print) 1040-7391

Balibar, Etienne (2014) D'un extrême l'autre: par quelle conversion? Cahiers Maurice Blanchot(3), pp. 9-19. ISSN (print) 1968-4665

Balibar, Etienne (2014) The rise and fall of the European Union: temporalities and teleologies. Constellations, 21(2), pp. 202-212. ISSN (print) 1351-0487

Balibar, Etienne (2014) Un nouvel élan, mais pour quelle Europe? Le Monde Diplomatique, pp. 16-17. ISSN (print) 0026-9395

Balibar, Etienne (2013) Politics of the debt. Postmodern Culture, 23(3), ISSN (online) 1053-1920

Balibar, Etienne (2012) Spinoza's three gods and the modes of communication. European Journal of Philosophy, 20(1), pp. 26-49. ISSN (print) 0966-8373

Balibar, Etienne (2011) Cosmopolitanism and secularism: controversial legacies and prospective interrogations. Grey Room(44), pp. 6-25. ISSN (print) 1526-3819

Balibar, Etienne (2010) Antinomies of citizenship. Journal of Romance Studies, 10(2), pp. 1-20. ISSN (print) 1473-3536


Balibar, Etienne (2016) Des universels : essais et conferences. Paris, France : Editions Galilee. 192p. ISBN 9782718609140

Balibar, Etienne (2016) Europe, crise et fin? Lormont, France : Editions Le Bord de l'Eau. 330p. ISBN 9782356870940

Boccon-Gibod, Thomas and Balibar, Etienne [Author-contributor] (2014) Autorité et démocratie: l'exercice du pouvoir dans les sociétés modernes. Institut Universitaire Varenne. 548p. ISBN 9782370320360

Balibar, Etienne and Morfino, Vittorio, eds. (2014) Il transindividuale. Soggetti, relazioni, mutazioni. Milan, Italy : Mimesis. 379p. ISBN 9788857520476

Larcher, Silyane and Balibar, Etienne [Author-contributor] (2014) L'autre citoyen : L'idéal républicain et les Antilles après l'esclavage. Paris, France : Armand Colin. 384p. ISBN 9782200289409

Balibar, Etienne, ed. (2013) Identity and difference: John Locke and the invention of consciousness. London, U.K. : Verso Books. 208p. ISBN 9781781681343

Balibar, Etienne (2012) Saeculum: religion, culture, ideologie. Paris, France : Editions Galilée. 128p. (La philosophie en effet) ISBN 9782718608747

Balibar, Etienne (2011) Citoyen sujet et autres essais d'anthropologie philosophique. Paris, France : Presses Universitaires de France. 524p. ISBN 9782130520023

Balibar, Etienne (2010) La proposition de l'égaliberte: essais politique, 1989–2009. Paris, France : Presses Universitaires de France. 358p. ISBN 9782130571773

Book Section

Balibar, Étienne and Malabou, Catherine (2022) Anarchism, philosophy and the state today : a conversation. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Afterlives : transcendentals, universals, others. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : CRMEP Books. pp. 163-186. (CRMEP Books, 4) ISBN 9781999333782

Balibar, Étienne (2022) Belonging to the human race : one as many. In: Osborne, Peter, (ed.) Afterlives : transcendentals, universals, others. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : CRMEP Books. pp. 41-57. (CRMEP Books, 4) ISBN 9781999333782

Balibar, Étienne (2019) Towards a new critique of political economy : from generalized surplus value to total subsumption. In: Osborne, Peter , Alliez, Éric and Russell, Eric-John, (eds.) Capitalism : concept, idea, image - aspects of Marx's 'Capital' today. Kingston, U.K. : CRMEP Books. pp. 36-57. (CRMEP Books, 1) ISBN 9781999333706

Balibar, Etienne (2015) Marxism and the idea of revolution : the Messianic moment in Marx. In: Truper, Henning , Chakrabarty, Dipesh and Subrahmanyam, Sanjay, (eds.) Historical teleologies in the modern world. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 235-250. (Europe's Legacy in the Modern World) ISBN 9781474221078

Balibar, Etienne (2014) Dall’anthropologia filosofica all’ontologia sociale e ritorno: che fare con la sesta tesi di Marx su Feuerbach? In: Balibar, Etienne and Morfino, Vittorio, (eds.) Il transindividuale. Soggetti, relazioni, mutazioni. Milan, Italy : Mimesis. pp. 147-178. ISBN 9788857520476

Balibar, Etienne (2014) Europe - nations: the missing people and the crisis of legitimacy. In: Baier, Walter , Canepa, Eric and Himmelstoss, Eva, (eds.) United Europe, Divided Europe: Transform! 2015. London, U.K. : Merlin Press. ISBN 9780850366280

Balibar, Etienne (2014) Indignité. In: Thiery, Sebastien, (ed.) Considérant qu’il est plausible que de tels événements puissent à nouveau survenir. Sur l’art municipal de détruire un bidonville. Fécamp, France : Post-Éditions. ISBN 9791092616026

Balibar, Etienne (2014) L'instance de la lettre. In: Buttgen, Philippe , Gendreau-Massaloux, Michele and North, Xavier, (eds.) Les pluriels de Barbara Cassin ou le partage des équivoques. Lormont, France : Le Bord de l'eau. (Psychanalyse, Sciences Sociales et Politique) ISBN 9782356873514

Balibar, Etienne (2014) Nancy's inoperative community. In: Conley, Verena A. and Goh, Irving, (eds.) Nancy now. Cambridge, U.K. : Polity Press. pp. 20-36. (Theory now) ISBN 9780745661667

Djerbal, Daho and Balibar, Etienne (2014) Pour une nouvelle épistémê. In: Brun, Catherine, (ed.) Guerre d'Algérie: les mots pour la dire. Paris, France : CNRS Éditions. pp. 255-286. ISBN 9782271079923

Balibar, Etienne (2014) The rise and fall of the European Union: temporalities and teleologies. In: Koskenniemi, Martti and Strath, Bo, (eds.) Europe 1815-1914: creating community and ordering the world. Helsinki, Finland : University of Helsinki. pp. 186-199. ISBN 9789521095696

Balibar, Etienne (2010) Ouverture: l’antinomie de la citoyennete. In: Balibar, Etienne, (ed.) La proposition de l'égaliberte: essais politique, 1989–2009. Paris, France : Presses Universitaires de France. pp. 11-52. ISBN 9782130571773

Conference or Workshop Item

Balibar, Etienne [Speaker] (2018) To speak the universal in a universal context : why is it problematic? In: Exemplarity, authority, universalizability : how is a geopolitics of philosophy to be conceptualised?; 04 May 2018, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Balibar, Etienne (2013) Europa reale versus Europa sociale. In: Capitalismo finaziario globale e democrazia in Europa; 24-26 Oct 2013, Rome, Italy.

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