Warren Montag

Brown Family Professor in Literature, English and Comparative Literary Studies

Occidental College

Warren Montag is Brown Family Professor in Literature, English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He is known primarily for his work on twentieth-century French theory, especially Althusser and his circle, as well as his studies of the philosopher Spinoza. Montag's work has focused on the origins and internal contradictions of political liberalism and individualism, and has demonstrated, following the suggestions of Étienne Balibar, the existence of "a fear of the masses" (or multitude) in the classic texts of seventeenth-century liberal thought. Montag received his PhD from Claremont Graduate University. Among his books Althusser and His Contemporaries: Philosophy's Perpetual War (Duke University Press, 2013) and Louis Althusser (London: Palgrave, 2002). He is co-editor of Masses, Classes and The Public Sphere (London: Verso, 2001).