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Philosophy Today

Volume 61, Issue 4, Fall 2017

Mark G. E. Kelly
Pages 891-907
DOI: 10.5840/philtoday20171215186

Whither Balibar's Europeanism?

This article is a critique of √Čtienne Balibar's philosophical orientation towards Europe, construed as both an ideal and an institutional reality, in light of recent European crises. I argue that Balibar's commitment to Europe follows from his longstanding political-philosophical preference for a compromise position between political utopianism and political realism, but that this compromise is ultimately incoherent, combining the ungroundedness of utopianism with the undue self-limitation of realism.

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