• Letter from the Coeditors
    with Nancy Luxon, Elisabeth Ellis, and Joshua Foa Dienstag
    Political Theory 49 (5): 715-716. 2021.
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    The Political Life of Sensation
    Duke University Press. 2009.
    Prologue : narratocracy and the contours of political life -- From nomos to nomad : Kant, Deleuze, and Rancière on sensation -- The piazza, the edicola, and the noise of the utterance -- Machiavelli's theory of sensation and Florence's vita festiva -- The viewing subject : Caravaggio, Bacon, and the ring -- "You're eating too fast!" slow food's ethos of convivium -- Epilogue : "the photographs tell it all" : on an ethics of appearance.
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    Why film matters to political theory
    Contemporary Political Theory 12 (1): 2-25. 2013.
    In this article, I claim that film matters to political theory not because of the stories films recount, but because the medium of film offers political theorists an image of political thinking that emphasizes the stochastic serialization of actions. I thus argue that the stochastic serialization of moving images that films project makes available for democratic theory an experience of resistance and change as a felt discontinuity of succession, rather than as an inversion of hierarchical power.…Read more
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    The Poetics of Political Thinking
    Duke University Press. 2006.
    In _The Poetics of Political Thinking_ Davide Panagia focuses on the role that aesthetic sensibilities play in theorists’ evaluations of political arguments. Examining works by thinkers from Thomas Hobbes to Jacques Rancière, Panagia shows how each one invokes aesthetic concepts and devices, such as metaphor, mimesis, imagination, beauty, and the sublime. He argues that it is important to recognize and acknowledge these poetic forms of representation because they provide evaluative standards tha…Read more
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    Thinking with and against 'Ten Theses'
    Theory and Event 6 (4). 2003.
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    “You’re Eating Too Fast!” On Disequality and an Ethos ofConvivium
    Journal for Cultural Research 11 (3): 177-201. 2007.
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    Words Cloth'd in Reason's Garb
    Political Theory 31 (5): 720-733. 2003.
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    Ten Theses on Politics
    with Jacques Ranciere and Rachel Bowlby
    Theory and Event 5 (3). 2001.
  • Davide Panagia’s Impressions of Hume: Cinematic Thinking and the Politics of Discontinuity is volume fifteen of Modernity and Political Thought, the Rowman & Littlefield series in contemporary political theory
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    On the Political Ontology of the Dispositif
    Critical Inquiry 45 (3): 714-746. 2019.
  • Images of Political Thought: Judgment, Opinion, and Politics
    Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University. 2002.
    This dissertation inquires into contemporary accounts of the nature of political argument by focusing on the following question: What do contemporary political theorists require of individuals when asked to think politically? Looking to selected writings of John Rawls, Gilles Deleuze, Jurgen Habermas, Jacques Ranciere, and others, I examine how these theorists understand the activity of thinking and consider how their views on the function of thinking inform their contending conceptions of polit…Read more
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    Intermedial Relations: A Critique of Reification Theory
    Substance 46 (1): 90-110. 2017.
    The mob, when they are gazing at a dancer on the slack rope, naturally writhe and twist and balance their own bodies, as they see him do, and as they feel that they themselves must do if in his situation. I begin with an epigraph from Adam Smith in order to make apparent the structuring conceit of this essay, which is the following: the matter of assemblages are here considered within the context of modern tradition of moral sentimentalism and its considerations of the affective, associational d…Read more
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    with Jodi Dean
    Theory and Event 13 (3). 2010.
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    The Force of Political Argument
    Philosophy Today 32 (6): 825-848. 2004.
    In this essay, the author examines the tensions that emerge between the practice of essay writing and a commitment to philosophical justification as themodel for political argument in contemporary political thought. He focuses on Jürgen Habermas’s adoption of the performative contradiction as an ideal for communicative exchange and shows the unacknowledged role that sincerity plays in Habermas’s argument. He then links this account to his explorations of the rise of aesthetic criticism in the ei…Read more
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    On the Possibilities of a Political Theory of Algorithms
    Political Theory 49 (1): 109-133. 2021.
    This essay asks how we might articulate a political theory of algorithms. To do so, I propose a political ontology of the algorithm dispositif that elaborates how algorithms arrange the movement of energies in space and time, and how they do so automatically. This force of arrangement is what I refer to as the dispositional power of algorithms that I identify as a political physics of vital processes. The essay is divided into three sections. The first provides readers of Political Theory with a…Read more
  • Rancière’s Sentiments
    Duke University Press. 2018.
    In _Rancière’s Sentiments _Davide Panagia explores Jacques Rancière’s aesthetics of politics as it informs his radical democratic theory of participation. Attending to diverse practices of everyday living and doing—of form, style, and scenography—in Rancière’s writings, Panagia characterizes Rancière as a sentimental thinker for whom the aesthetic is indistinguishable from the political. Rather than providing prescriptions for political judgment and action, Rancière focuses on how sensibilities …Read more
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    Films Blancs : Luminosity in the Films of Michael Mann
    Film-Philosophy 19 (1): 33-54. 2015.
    This paper is a study of the place of luminosity in the films of Michael Mann and the way in which luminosity is not a tool of illumination but a radiance that signals the bodying forth of appearances. The event of luminosity in Mann's films is an attempt to re-imagine the conventional value structures that create a link between film and indexicality, as if his admiration for the photoreal effects of film belies an insistence that the advenience of an appearance is what eventuates when objects i…Read more
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    with Jodi Dean
    Theory and Event 14 (1). 2011.
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    Letter from the Coeditors
    with Joshua Foa Dienstag, Elisabeth Ellis, and Nancy Luxon
    Political Theory 49 (4): 527-527. 2021.