Eva von Redecker: Exodus by Dispossession? Butler and Landauer on Fundamental Collectivity

The exodus-conception of revolution envisions transformation not as singular event or antagonism, but as the contingent and procesual work of coalition building from the interstices of the existing order. The first part of the talk unpacks the notion of exodus, culminating into a notorious puzzle which this particular approach faces. If society is not a free and solidaric organization on the large scale, why should individuals in the interstices have the capacity to form coalitions anticipatory of the post-revolutionary order? To address this, Gustav Landauer’s vision of the transformative „drowning“ of the self in past collectivity is introduced and complemented with Judith Butler’s attempts of undoing individual sovereignty. Both, it will turn out, formulate attempts to undermine propertized social relations and point to alternative practices of belonging-in-common.

Eva von Redecker is a postdoc at the Humboldt-University, Berlin, where she works in Rahel Jaeggi’s social philosophy group. Eva’s research is in critical theory, and focuses on social change, structure and agency, property and propertization and a broad array of topics in feminist philosophy. Her two most recent articles are on right-wing anti-feminism and on the notion of „radical needs“ („Antigenderismus“ in Radical Philosophy 198, 2016; „Marx’s Concept of Needs in the Guise of Queer Desire“, in: Dhawan, Nikita et al. (eds.): Global Justice and Desire. London: Routledge, 2015). Eva is also the author of an introduction to the work of Judith Butler and a monography on Hannah Arendt’s moral philosophy. In winter term 2015, Eva was Heuss lecturer at the New School, New York, but usually she spends all seasons in the countryside out of Berlin.