•  210
    Ten Theses on Politics
    with Jacques Ranciere and Rachel Bowlby
    Theory and Event 5 (3). 2001.
  •  122
    Dissenting Words: A Conversation with Jacques Rancière
    with Jacques Ranciére
    Diacritics 30 (2): 113-126. 2000.
  •  120
    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
  •  80
    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
  •  63
    A Return to the Senses: Introduction
    with Adrienne Richard
    Theory and Event 13 (4). forthcoming.
  •  53
    with Jodi Dean
    Theory and Event 14 (1). 2011.
  •  51
    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
  •  47
    with Jodi Dean and James Martel
    Theory and Event 13 (1). 2010.
  •  27
    Thinking with and against 'Ten Theses'
    Theory and Event 6 (4). 2003.
  •  23
    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.
  •  21
    Food as Fuel and an Ethics of Appearances
    Theory and Event 12 (2). 2009.
  •  20
    with Jodi Dean
    Theory and Event 13 (2). 2010.
  •  18
    with Jodi Dean and James Martel
    Theory and Event 14 (4S). 2011.
  •  18
    with Jodi Dean
    Theory and Event 13 (3). 2010.
  •  18
    Words Cloth'd in Reason's Garb
    Political Theory 31 (5): 720-733. 2003.
  •  18
    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
  •  15
    On the Political Ontology of the Dispositif
    Critical Inquiry 45 (3): 714-746. 2019.
  •  15
    with Jodi Dean
    Theory and Event 14 (2). 2011.
  •  14
    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
  •  11
    with Jodi Dean
    Theory and Event 15 (1). 2012.
  •  10
    Letter from the Coeditors
    with Joshua Foa Dienstag, Elisabeth Ellis, and Nancy Luxon
    Political Theory 49 (4): 527-527. 2021.
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