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    Nancy Luxon (2008). Ethics and Subjectivity: Practices of Self-Governance in the Late Lectures of Michel Foucault. Political Theory 36 (3):377 - 402.
    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" that orients individuals in the face of uncertainty. The practices of parrhesia accomplish this (...)
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    Nancy Luxon (2013). Risk and Resistance: The Ethical Education of Psychoanalysis. Political Theory 41 (3):0090591713476870.
    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) offers an ethical cultivation framed around a “combative (...)
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    Nancy Luxon (forthcoming). Beyond Mourning and Melancholia: Nostalgia, Anger and the Challenges of Political Action. Contemporary Political Theory.
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    Nancy Luxon (2004). Truthfulness, Risk, and Trust in the Late Lectures of Michel Foucault. Inquiry 47 (5):464 – 489.
    This paper argues that Foucault's late, unpublished lectures present a model for evaluating those ethical authorities who claim to speak truthfully.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 My preliminary analytic framework for this model draws exclusively on my research of his unpublished lectures given at (...)
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    Nancy Luxon (forthcoming). Beyond Mourning and Melancholia: Nostalgia, Anger and the Challenges of Political Action. Contemporary Political Theory 15 (2):139-159.
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    Nancy Luxon (2016). Beyond Mourning and Melancholia: Nostalgia, Anger and the Challenges of Political Action. Contemporary Political Theory 15 (2):139.
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    Nancy Luxon & Lynne Huffer (2016). Psychoanalysis and Politics. Contemporary Political Theory 15 (1):119-138.
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  8. Nancy Luxon (2013). Crisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault. Cambridge University Press.
    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 lectures on the ancient ethical practices of 'fearless speech', or parrhesia. Luxon (...)
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  9. Nancy Luxon (2016). Rancière's Lessons in Failure. Philosophy and Rhetoric 49 (4):392-407.
    The Lessons of Rancière grapples with the thought of a philosopher, Jacques Rancière, determined not to pass on didactic lessons to his readers. How might one write a book such as Lessons, much less comment on it? What does it mean intellectually and politically to elucidate a thinker’s insights and yet in a way that doesn’t stabilize these into a falsely systematic body of thought or set of prescriptions? In Lessons, Samuel Chambers writes in a way faithful to Rancière’s project (...)
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