Saint Étienne: Balibar, grexit, and universalism

Martin McQuillan*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-890
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophy Today
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


  • Balibar
  • Brexit
  • Economics
  • European Union
  • Greece
  • Monetary union


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