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A Time for Critique

Ed. by Harcourt, Bernard E. / Fassin, Didier

Series:New Directions in Critical Theory 58


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    In A Time for Critique, Didier Fassin, Bernard E. Harcourt, and a group of eminent political theorists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, literary and legal scholars reflect on the multiplying contexts and forms of critical discourses and on the social actors and social movements engaged in them.



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    HarcourtBernard E.:

    Bernard Harcourt (PhD, Political Science, Harvard; JD, Harvard Law School) is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. He is the author of Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard, 2015), The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard, 2011), Against Prediction: Punishing and Policing in an Actuarial Age (Chicago, 2007), Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy (Chicago, 2005), and Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken-Window Policing (Harvard, 2001); the coauthor (with W.J.T. Mitchell and Michael Taussig) of Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience (Chicago, 2013); and the editor of Foucault: La societe punitive (Gallimard, 2014), Theories et institutions penales (Gallimard, 2015), and Surveiller et punir (Gallimard, 2015).FassinDidier:

    Didier Fassin (MD, University of Paris; PhD, Social Sciences, EHESS; Habilitation, Public Health, University of Paris; Habilitation, Social Sciences, EHESS) is the James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute foe Advanced Study and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is the author of When Bodies Remember: Politics and Experience of AIDS in South Africa (California, 2007), Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (California, 2011), Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (Polity, 2013), Prison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition (Polity, 2016), and Life: A Critical User's Manual (Polity, forthcoming) and the coauthor of (with R. Rechtman) The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood (Princeton, 2009), (with Y. Bouagga) At the Heart of the State: The Moral World of Institutions (Pluto, 2015), and (with M. Lambek, V. Das, and W. Keane) Four Lectures on Ethics: Anthropological Perspectives (Hau, 2015). A former vice president of Medecins Sans Frontieres, he is currently president of the French Medical Committee for Exiles. He was awarded a 2o18 Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award from the NOMIS Foundation.AllenAmy:

    Amy Allen (PhD, Philosophy, Northwestern) is Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and head of the Philosophy Department at the Pennsylvania State University. Her publications include The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (Columbia, 2016) and The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory (Columbia, 2007). She is also the editor of the Columbia series New Directions in Critical Theory. She specializes in critical social theory, feminist theory, and 20th-century continental philosophy.Didier Fassin is the James Wolfensohn Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and a director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. The author of sixteen books, including most recently Life: A Critical User’s Manual, he was awarded the Gold Medal in anthropology at the Swedish Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and was the first social scientist to receive the Nomis Distinguished Scholar Award.

    Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and professor of political science at Columbia University and a director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. The founding director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University, he is author of several books, including most recently The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.


    Penelope Deutscher, author of Foucault’s Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason:
    This is a rich collection of essays, offering readers the specific tools needed for further development in critical theory.

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