Palgrave-Macmillan (2013)

Cynthia R. Nielsen
University of Dallas
Through examining Douglass's and Fanon's concrete experiences of oppression, Cynthia R. Nielsen demonstrates the empirical validity of Foucault's theoretical analyses concerning power, resistance, and subject-formation. Going beyond merely confirming Foucault's insights, Douglass and Fanon expand, strengthen, and offer correctives to the emancipatory dimensions of Foucault's project. Unlike Foucault, Douglass and Fanon were not hesitant to make transhistorical judgments condemning slavery and colonization. Foucault's reticence here signals a weakness in his account of human being. This weakness sets him at cross-purposes not only with Scotus, but also with Douglass and Fanon. Scotus's anthropology provides a basis for transhistorical moral critique; thus he is a valuable dialogue partner for those concerned about social justice and human flourishing.
Keywords Freedom  Social Construction  Foucault and power relations  Frederick Douglass and resistance practices  subject re-narration  discursive practices  Franz Fanon and resistance practices  Duns Scotus and ontological freedom
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Call number B2430.F724.N545 2013
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