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Christiaan Boonen
KU Leuven (PhD)
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    At the Outer Limits of Democratic Division: On Citizenship, Conflict and Violence in the Work of Chantal Mouffe and Étienne Balibar.Christiaan Boonen - 2020 - International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 33 (4):529-544.
    This article’s guiding thesis is that the theory of radical democratic citizenship is built on a tension between a radical, conflictual element and a democratic element. As radical democrats, these philosophers point to the intimate relation between conflict and both emancipation and democracy. But as radical democrats, they also propose different methods that prevent conflict from breaking up the polis—the common ground that makes democratic conflict possible. I look at two radical democrats’ way of dealing with this tension: Chantal Mouffe (...)
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    Limits to the Politics of Subjective Rights: Reading Marx After Lefort.Christiaan Boonen - 2019 - Law and Critique 30 (2):179-199.
    In response to critiques of rights as moralistic and depoliticising, a literature on the political nature and contestability of rights has emerged. In this view, rights are not merely formal, liberal and moralistic imperatives, but can also be invoked by the excluded in a struggle against domination. This article examines the limits to this practice of rights-claiming and its implication in forms of domination. It does this by returning to Marx’s blueprint for the critique of subjective rights. This engagement with (...)
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    A (Non-)Violent Revolution? Strategies of Civility for the Politics of the Common.Christiaan Boonen - 2018 - In S. Cogolati (ed.), The Commons and a New Global Governance: Democratic, Institutional and Legal Perspectives. Londen, Verenigd Koninkrijk: pp. 57-77.
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    Étienne Balibar on the Dialectic of Universal Citizenship.Christiaan Boonen - 2021 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 48 (6):904-933.
    Philosophy & Social Criticism, Volume 48, Issue 6, Page 904-933, July 2022. In this article, I reconstruct Étienne Balibar’s work against the background of the debate on modern universal citizenship. I argue that universal citizenship is neither fundamentally emancipatory nor fundamentally oppressive but is rather both. In order to defend this position, I build on Balibar’s concept of the “citizen subject.” First, I parse this concept, showing how it allows us to think about the contradictions of modern universal citizenship. In (...)
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    Revisiting the Common Ownership of the Earth: A Democratic Critique of Global Distributive Justice Theories.Christiaan Boonen & Nicolas Brando - 2016 - Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric 9 (2).
    Many theories of global distributive justice are based on the assumption that all humans hold common ownership of the earth. As the earth is finite and our actions interconnect, we need a system of justice that regulates the potential appropriation of the common earth to ensure fairness. According to these theories, imposing limits and distributive obligations on private and public property arrangements may be the best mechanism for governing common ownership. We present a critique of the assumption that this issue (...)
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    Étienne Balibar on the Dialectic of Universal Citizenship.Christiaan Boonen - forthcoming - Sage Journals.
    Philosophy & Social Criticism, Ahead of Print. In this article, I reconstruct Étienne Balibar’s work against the background of the debate on modern universal citizenship. I argue that universal citizenship is neither fundamentally emancipatory nor fundamentally oppressive but is rather both. In order to defend this position, I build on Balibar’s concept of the “citizen subject.” First, I parse this concept, showing how it allows us to think about the contradictions of modern universal citizenship. In the second section, I elucidate (...)
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    Revisting the Common Ownership of the Earth: A Democratic Critique of Global Distrubive Justice Theories.Christiaan Boonen & Nicolas Brando - 2016 - Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 9 (2).
    Many theories of global distributive justice are based on the assumption that all humans hold common ownership of the earth. As the earth is finite and our actions interconnect, we need a system of justice that regulates the potential appropriation of the common earth to ensure fairness. According to these theories, imposing limits and distributive obligations on private and public property arrangements may be the best mechanism for governing common ownership. We present a critique of the assumption that this issue (...)
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