Freedom and the Subject of Theory
Essays in Honour of Christina Howells

Edited by Oliver Davis and Colin Davis

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

14 May 2019  •  232pp

ISBN: 978-1-781887-33-2 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781887-34-9 (paperback, 2020)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

ISBN: 978-1-781887-81-3 (JSTOR ebook)

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Are our actions and values freely chosen, or imposed on us by a complex interplay of unconscious motivations, culture, history, institutions and the pressure of others? Is the human subject a self-defining, self-creating autonomous agent, or merely the product or plaything of forces beyond its control? Are other people allies in the project to realize freedom, or unmovable obstacles who stand in our way? If we knew how to embrace freedom, would it be a blessing or a curse, a joyous epiphany or a crushing burden? To what extent does our finite mortal existence condition and limit our freedom? The work of Christina Howells has been instrumental in demonstrating how Continental thought has explored these questions in ways which are intellectually rigorous and humanly compelling. In this volume, some of her colleagues and former students build upon her work by addressing the situation of ‘theory’ today – literary, political, psychoanalytic, aesthetic and philosophical – in its relation to freedom and subjectivity. The volume includes a number of new essays on each of Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) and Jean-Luc Nancy (b. 1940), as well as essays on a range of other theorists. Taken together, the volume’s essays show how the modern theorising subject may be both the source and the product of its endeavour to understand its place in the human, mortal world.

Oliver Davis is Reader in French Studies at Warwick University. Colin Davis is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. Christina Howells is Professor of French and Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.

Contents:

i-vi
Freedom and the Subject of Theory: Freedom and the Subject of Theory
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
O. D, C. D.
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x-xiv
Notes On the Contributors
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1-10
Introduction: Pathways To Freedom in the Work of Christina Howells
Colin Davis, Oliver Davis
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11-22
Chapter 1 Subjects, Autonomous and Otherwise
Gary E. Aylesworth
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24-35
Chapter 2 Iterable Praxis: Theory and Sartre’s Concept of the Practico-Inert
Patrick Chambers
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36-47
Chapter 3 Sartre and the (un-)freedom of the Reading Subject
Marieke Mueller
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48-60
Chapter 4 Sartre and Lacan: Reading Qui Perd Gagne Alongside Les Non-Dupes Errent
Sinan Richards
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62-75
Chapter 5 Stylistic Liberties: Derrida, Rhetoric, Style
Paul Earlie
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76-88
Chapter 6 Inoperative Governance, Or the ‘Democracy To Come’: Jacques Derrida’s Voyous: Deux Essais Sur La Raison
Seán Hand
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90-103
Chapter 7 the Subject, Abandoned: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Spacing of Freedom
Ian Maclachlan
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104-117
Chapter 8 the Experience of Freedom Revisited
Ian James
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118-129
Chapter 9 Stiegler: the Freedom of Necessity
Martin Crowley
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130-141
Chapter 10 From the Deconstruction of the Subject To the Clarification of the Clearing: Heidegger, Sloterdijk, and the Genesis of the Clearing of Being
Henry Dicks
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142-152
Chapter 11 the Subject of Recognition in International Relations: Axel Honneth
Jeremy Ahearne
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153-162
Chapter 12 Franking (and) the Subject of Theory
Serge Trottein
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164-173
Chapter 13 Taking the Body Seriously: A Critical Synthesis of the Work of Christina Howells and Drew Leder
Marc Lafrance
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174-190
Chapter 14 Philosophy and Other Addictions: On Use and Abuse in the History of Life
G. H. Moore
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191-205
Chapter 15 Frantz Fanon: Freedom, Embodiment, and Cultural Expression
Jane Hiddleston
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206-212
Chapter 16 Fanon and the Pathology of Freedom
Robert J. C. Young
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213-218
Index
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Davis, Oliver, and Colin Davis (eds), Freedom and the Subject of Theory: Essays in Honour of Christina Howells (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Freedom and the Subject of Theory: Essays in Honour of Christina Howells, ed. by Oliver Davis and Colin Davis (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

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