• Letter from the Coeditors
    with Davide Panagia, Elisabeth Ellis, and Joshua Foa Dienstag
    Political Theory 49 (5): 715-716. 2021.
  • Fanon’s Psychiatric Hospital as a Waystation to Freedom
    Theory, Culture and Society 026327642098161. forthcoming.
    What does it mean to develop psychiatric method in a colonial context? Specifically, if the aims of psychiatry have traditionally been couched in the language of ‘psychic integration’ and ‘healing’, then what does it mean to practice psychiatry within structures that organize and reinforce the exclusions of colonialism? With these questions, this article examines Frantz Fanon’s psychiatric practices in light of his radical political commitments. I argue that Fanon’s innovations with the institut…Read more
  • From the Editors
    with Lawrie Balfour, Jill Frank, and Lori Marso
    Political Theory 48 (4): 419-420. 2020.
  • From the Editors
    with Lawrie Balfour, Jill Frank, and Lori Marso
    Political Theory 009059172093731. forthcoming.
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    Contemporary social and political theory has reached an impasse about a problem that had once seemed straightforward: how can individuals make ethical judgments about power and politics? Crisis of Authority analyzes the practices that bind authority, trust and truthfulness in contemporary theory and politics. Drawing on newly available archival materials, Nancy Luxon locates two models for such practices in Sigmund Freud's writings on psychoanalytic technique and Michel Foucault's unpublished le…Read more
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    Ethics and Subjectivity
    Political Theory 36 (3): 377-402. 2008.
    Contemporary accounts of individual self-formation struggle to articulate a mode of subjectivity not determined by relations of power. In response to this dilemma, Foucault's late lectures on the ancient ethical practices of "fearless speech" (parrhesia) offer a model of ethical self-governance that educates individuals to ethical and political engagement. Rooted in the psychological capacities of curiosity and resolve, such self-governance equips individuals with a "disposition to steadiness" t…Read more
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    Psychoanalysis and politics
    Contemporary Political Theory 15 (1): 119-138. 2016.
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    Risk and Resistance: The Ethical Education of Psychoanalysis
    Political Theory 41 (3): 0090591713476870. 2013.
    Agonistic theories of democratic practice lack an explicit model for ethical cultivation. Even as these theorists advocate sensibilities of “ethical open-ness and receptivity,” so as to engage in the political work of “maintenance, repair, and amendment,” they lack an account of how individuals ought be motivated to this task or how it should unfold. Toward theorizing such a model, I turn to Freud and clinical psychoanalytic practice. I argue that Freud’s “second-education” (Nacherziehung) offer…Read more
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    Truthfulness, risk, and trust in the late lectures of Michel Foucault
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 47 (5). 2004.
    This paper argues that Foucault's late, unpublished lectures present a model for evaluating those ethical authorities who claim to speak truthfully. In response to those who argue that claims to truth are but claims to power, I argue that Foucault finds in ancient practices of parrhesia (fearless speech) a resource by which to assess modern authorities' claims in the absence of certain truth. My preliminary analytic framework for this model draws exclusively on my research of his unpublished lec…Read more