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Philosophy Today

Volume 61, Issue 4, Fall 2017

Martin McQuillan
Pages 877-890
DOI: 10.5840/philtoday2018116194

Saint Étienne
Balibar, Grexit, and Universalism

Étienne Balibar has provided a sustained commentary on the politics of Greece and its relation to the European Union. This writing is a practical mobiliza­tion of Balibar’s theoretical work on universalism and European identities. This essay questions some of the assumptions that provide a seeming confidence in Balibar’s decision-making with respect to Greece that are not found elsewhere in his work. It goes on to explore the questions of balance and calculation in Balibar and in writing on politics more generally.

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