Shelves: read-anthropology-history-pol-econ , reviews-culture I have never read Spinoza but Ive read a lot about him, enough to recognize his genius as a forerunner of existentialist and materialist philosophies. Etienne Balibar, being a prolific Marxist philosopher, seems very much in his element in Spinozas system. In Spinoza and Politics, Balibar explores the thought of Spinoza with a zeal and alacrity that brings home many of Spinozas timeless ideas in political philosophy, even for those who have never read Spinoza himself. Like a good pagan or pantheist, Spinoza posited that God is known to us as Nature, and so the laws of God are identical to the laws of Nature.
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He became Professor Emeritus of Paris X in This conflict involves two distinct uses of the term "labor": labor as the revolutionary class subject i. One manifestation of this is the virtual disappearance in the text of the term "proletariat. For Balibar, this implies that "the emergence of a revolutionary form of subjectivity or identity Moreover, "[t]here is no proof… that these forms are always and eternally the same for example, the party-form, or the trade union.
He states that he is undertaking a study of the contradiction of the nation-state because "Thinking about racism led us back to nationalism, and nationalism to uncertainty about the historical realities and categorization of the nation" Balibar contends that it is impossible to pinpoint the beginning of a nation or to argue that the modern people who inhabit a nation-state are the descendants of the nation that preceded it. In order to create these myths of origins, nation-states scour the historical period during which they were "formed" to find justification for their existence.
They also create the illusion of shared ethnicity through linguistic communities: when everyone has access to the same language, they feel as if they share an ethnicity. Balibar argues that "schooling is the principal institution which produces ethnicity as linguistic community" In addition, this ethnicity is created through the "nationalization of the family," meaning that the state comes to perform certain functions that might traditionally be performed by the family, such as the regulation of marriages and administration of social security.
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