Collection Scope and Content Summary
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Title: Etienne Balibar papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.C.023
2.6 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1963-2001
Abstract: This collection is comprised of manuscripts and research materials from philosopher and political theorist Etienne Balibar.
Language of Material: Collection materials are in French and English.
The collection is open for research. Writings not authored by Etienne Balibar may not be photocopied or duplicated.
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Gift of Etienne Balibar, 2012.
This collection is minimally processed in order to facilitate access. It was arranged and described by Michelle Light in consultation
with Etienne Balibar in 2012. Finding aid created and additions processed by Audra Eagle Yun in 2012.
Etienne Balibar is best known as a Marxist philosopher and political theorist focused on historical materialism, critical
theory, ethics, and political philosophy. As a student of Louis Althusser at the École Normale Supérieure from 1960 to 1965,
Balibar contributed to Althusser's collective theoretical work
Reading Capital(1965). Major books written by Balibar include
Spinoza and Politics (1985),
Race, Nation, Class(with Immanuel Wallerstein, 1991),
The Philosophy of Marx (1993),
Politics and the Other Scene (2002), and
We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (2004).
Etienne Balibar was born in Avallon, Yonne, Bourgogne, France on April 23, 1942. He earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree
in 1962 and Diploma of Higher Studies in 1963 from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) while a student at the École Normale
Supérieure. In 1987, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree,
cum laude, from the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Netherlands) for his dissertation entitled, "The infinite contradiction: elements
of a philosophy in history."
Balibar received an habilitation from Université Paris I in 1993 and an honorary doctorate from the Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2005. Etienne Balibar is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at the University of
Paris, Nanterre and was appointed Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine from 2000
||Etienne Balibar born in Avallon, Yonne, Bourgogne, France on April 23.
||Begins studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, ending in 1965.
||Joins the French Communist Party
||Receives Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Sorbonne.
||Receives Diploma of Higher Studies under direction of Georges Canguilhem, Sorbonne.
||Joins the University of Algiers as Assistant, leaving in 1967.
Lire le Capital (English translation, Reading Capital in 1970), a collection of essays developed by Louis Althusser and his students (Balibar,
Roger Establet, Jacques Rancière, and Pierre Macherey) in a seminar on Karl Marx's
||Joins the School of Savigny sur Orge as Professor, leaving in 1969.
||Joins the University of Paris I as Assistant, then Senior Lecturer, leaving in 1976.
||Joins Rijksuniversiteit Leiden you (Netherlands) as Wetenschappelijk Hoofdmedewerker, Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid, leaving
Sur la dictature du prolétariat (English translation, On the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in 1977)
||Joins the University of Paris I as Senior Lecturer, leaving in 1994.
||Expelled from the French Communist Party for criticizing the party's attitudes towards immigration.
Spinoza et la politique (English translation,
Spinoza and Politics in 1998)
||Receives Ph.D. degree in Philosophy from Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Netherlands).
Race, Nation, Classe (English translation as
Race, Nation, Class in 1991).
La philosophie de Marx (English translation, The Philosophy of Marx in 1995)
||Receives Habilitation from Université Paris I.
||Joins University of Paris, Nanterre as Professor.
Masses, classes, ideas. Studies in politics and philosophy
||Becomes Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.
L'Europe, l'Amérique, la Guerre. Réflexions sur la médiation européenne
Politics and the Other Scene
||Becomes Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris, Nanterre.
We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship
||Receives honorary doctorate from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).
This collection is arranged in 12 series:
- Series 1. Work with Louis Althusser, 1963-1977
- Series 2. "Ecole project," 1968-1971
- Series 3. Communist Party writings, 1965-1977
- Series 4. Personal reading notes, 1980-2000
- Series 5. "Travaux, 1965-1987," for PhD at Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, circa 1987
- Series 6. Ludwig Wittgenstein translation project, 1987-1989
- Series 7. Habilitation, Universite de Paris I, 1992-1993
- Series 8.
La philosophie de Marx, after 1993
- Series 9. Teaching seminars at Universite de Paris X Nanterre, 1995-1996, 2001
- Series 10. "Passion profane," 1991-1992
- Series 11. Writings, lecturess, and interviews, 1985-2012
- Series 12. Scholarly journals, 2003-2011
The collection was arranged by the creator in consultation with Special Collections & Archives staff.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection is comprised of manuscripts, typescripts, and research materials documenting Etienne Balibar's studies and
research from 1963 to 2001. A student of Louis Althusser, Balibar is best known as a Marxist philosopher and political theorist
focused on historical materialism, critical theory, ethics, and political philosophy. The collection contains research notes
and writings during his work with Althusser in the 1960s and documents the structuralist and Marxist thought of this group.
It also includes Balibar's writings as a member of the French Communist Party. Balibar's notes and writings on Baruch Spinoza,
René Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Ludwig Wittgenstein are also included, as are a variety of publications and lectures.
The vast majority of the materials are in French.
For additional bibliographic and biographical information on Etienne Balibar, see:
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Critical theory -- Archives.
Critical theory -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- California -- Irvine
Philosophy, Marxist -- 20th century
Philosophy, French -- 20th century
University of California, Irvine -- Archives