Hegel, Freud and Fanon
The Dialectic of Emancipation

by Stefan Bird-Pollan

Revolutionary theories from Marx onward have often struggled to unite the psychological commitments of individualsó understood as ideologicaló with the larger ethical or political goals of a social movement. As a psychiatrist, social theorist, and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon attempted to connect the ideological and the political. Fanonís work gives both a psychological explanation of the origins of ideology and seeks to restore the individual to autonomy and political agency.

This book explores the deeper philosophical foundations of Fanonís project in order to understand the depths of Fanonís contribution to the theory of the subject and to social theory. It also demonstrates how Fanonís model makes it possible to understand the political dimensions of Freudian psychoanalysis and the psychological dimensions of Hegelís social theory. This is the first book to bring these two central dimensions of Fanonís thought into dialogue. It uses Fanonís position to provide a deeper interpretation of key texts in Freud and Hegel and by uniting these three thinkers contributes to the creolization of all three thinkers.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December, 2014) 262 pages