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Judith Butler

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.One of contemporary theory’s foremost thinkers, her work is at the crossroads of disciplines including continental philosophy, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. Butler’s books include Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; Antigone’s Claim; Kinship Between Life and Death; Precarious Life; The Powers of Mourning and Violence and Frames of War; When is Life Grievable?
Forgiveness and Retribution
Judith Butler’s book, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence is considered her most impassioned and personal book to date. In it she offers a profound appraisal of the post 9/11 world and the reactions which followed, critiquing the responses which followed the attack and suggesting instead that mourning can inspire solidarity and a quest for global justice. In conversation with her was filmmaker and writer, Udi Aloni, whose latest film, ‘Forgiveness’, c...
Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism
Judith Butler’s Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism recovers Jewish philosophical traditions to reinvigorate the discussion of co-habitation in Israel and Palestine, drawing on a tradition of principled non-violence. Using the work of Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber and Primo Levi, amongst others, within a contemporary context, a new political ethic is articulated. Butler discussed with Jacqueline Rose the philosophical and political quandaries attending...