James Martel

James Martel
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Tuesday: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
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James Martel is a professor in the Department of Political Science. He teaches courses in political theory, continental philosophy, anarchism, post colonial theory and theories of gender and sexuality. He is the author of seven books: Most recently, he has published Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (Amherst College Press, 2018). Before that he published The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke University Press, 2017). He has also written a trilogy of books on Walter Benjamin: The One and Only Law, Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment (Michigan 2014); Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty (Routledge/GlassHouse 2011); and Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry and Political Theory (Michigan, 2011). He is also the author of Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat (Columbia, 2007) and Love is a Sweet Chain: Desire, Autonomy and Friendship in Liberal Political Theory (Routledge, 2001). He is also co-editor, along with Dr. Jimmy Casas Klausen (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) of How not to be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left (Lexington, 2011). He is also the author of many essays, encyclopedia entries, book chapters and book reviews (for CV, see link). He has another book in the making entitled Disappointing Vision: Anarchist Prophecy and the Power of Unseeing.