September 17, 2020



1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Event Organizer

This event is presented by the Columbia Maison Française.

Event Sponsor

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, the European Institute, and the Alliance Program.

The first two volumes of Oeuvres complètes by French philosopher Etienne Balibar were recently published by La Découverte as Histoire interminable. D’un siècle l’autre. Ecrits I and Passions du concepts. Epistémologie, théologie et politique. Ecrits II. Etienne Balibar’s friends and colleagues at Columbia University, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Emmanuelle Saada, and Bernard Harcourt, engage in a dialogue with him and reflect together on the importance and influence of his oeuvre, not only in philosophical thought, but in disciplines ranging from history to sociology to political science, and in public discourse. This first discussion will focus on Balibar’s writings, and will be followed by a second conversation on September 24.

Etienne Balibar teaches at Columbia every Fall semester. He is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He has published widely in the areas of epistemology, Marxist philosophy, and moral and political philosophy in general.

Emmanuelle Saada is Professor of French and of History, and Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Columbia. Bernard Harcourt is the Isidore and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia. Souleymane Bachir Diagne is the Director of the Institute of African Studies, Professor of French and of Philosophy at Columbia.


 The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Room B-101
74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY, 10027
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