I am a political theorist at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). My work is informed by Continental thought and my recent research and publications have focused on various aspects of post-liberal politics. I am currently looking at the pros and cons of 'exodus' and viral politics to explore forms of politics outside the framework of the theory of hegemony endorsed by many post-Marxists. This is part of an ongoing research on the becoming-other of politics.
Here you will find information about my publications and how to download some of my articles. You will also find links to journals, conferences and author resources online as well as information about Taking on the Political, the book series on Continental political thought I edit together with Jeremy Valentine, Alex Thomson and Andrew Schaap for Edinburgh University Press
(2012). Download here
2011 turned out to be an extraordinary year. The
clustering of insurgencies around time and geography gave a political ring to
the seasons: commentators spoke of the Arab Spring, the European Summer and the
US Fall. TIME magazine even named “the
protester” person of the year. Yet many faulted these revolts for their lack of
plans and proposals. I disagree. Their criticism misses the point by confusing
the disruption of the given with the task of reconfiguring it. Insurgencies are
not standard political practices or policy-making exercises. They are about
saying “enough!”, refusing to go on as before and opening up possibilities that
may or may not prosper. Insurgencies are the plan in a three-fold sense: they
make a difference by moving the conversation, they are political performatives
—participants start to experience what they strive to become— and they function
as vanishing mediators or passageways to something other to come. These three
points will reappear in a discussion about the material remainder of two insurgencies:
the Arab Spring and the student mobilizations in Chile.
Politics on the Edges of Liberalism. Difference, Populism, Revolution, Agitation
Edinburgh University Press, 2007
Read more about it by clicking Politics on the Edges.
Liberalizmin Kiyilarinda Siyaset: Farklilik, Popülizm, Devrim, Ajitasyon
Benjamin Arditi, Metis, Istambul 2010.
Find out more about the Turkish translation by clicking here.
La política en los bordes del liberalismo. Diferencia, populismo, revolución, emancipación
Benjamin Arditi, Gedisa, Barcelona 2010
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