Dr Alex Lefebvre

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4945

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Biographical details

I am Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations and the Department of Philosophy. I received my Ph.D. from the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, I was lecturer in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales and a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University. I am Associate Editor of Contemporary Political Theory.

Research interests

My research interests are in modern political thought, French philosophy, jurisprudence and human rights. At present I am writing a book titled Human Rights and the Care of the Self. The aim of this project is to show that throughout the human rights tradition there exists a belief that human rights norms and practices can be used as a medium of personal transformation and self improvement. My other research interest is an ongoing engagement with the philosophy of Henri Bergson. My most recent work on this topic is a co-edited (with Nils F. Schott) critical edition of Vladimir Jankélévitch’s Henri Bergson, forthcoming with Duke University Press.

Teaching and supervision

  • GOVT2112 - Modern Political Thought
  • PHIL2616 - The Philosophy of Human Rights
  • HRTD6906 - The Philosophy of Human Rights

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • Lefebvre, A. (2013). Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergsons Political Philosophy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2008). The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza [Translated into Korean (2012)]. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Edited Books

  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2015). Vladimir Jankélévitch: Henri Bergson and other writings. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2012). Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Durham: Duke University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Bergson et les droits de l'homme: la conversion and le souci de soi (forthcoming). In Shin Abiko and Hisashi Fujita (Eds.), Remarques finales: Bergson et Les deux sources de la moralité et de la religion. Zurich: Georg Olms Verlag.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Jankélévitch on Bergson: living in time. In Alex Lefebvre and Nils F. Schott (Eds.), Vladimir Jankélévitch: Henri Bergson and other writings, (pp. vii-xvii). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2012). Bergson and Human Rights. In Alexandre Lefebvre, Melanie White (Eds.), Bergson, Politics, and Religion, (pp. 193-214). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2012). Human Rights in Deleuze and Bergson's Later Philosophy. In Laurent de Sutter and Kyle J. McGee (Eds.), Deleuze and Law, (pp. 48-68). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2012). Introduction: Bergson, Politics, and Religion. In Alexandre Lefebvre, Melanie White (Eds.), Bergson, Politics, and Religion, (pp. 1-21). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2012). Religion within the Bounds of Emotion Alone: Bergson and Kant. In Dale Spencer, Kevin Walby & Alan Hunt (Eds.), Emotions Matter: A Relational Approach to Emotions, (pp. 102-123). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2009). The Time of Law: Evolution in Bergson and Holmes. In Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook, Patrick Hanafin (Eds.), Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures, (pp. 24-46). Baskingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). The Rights of Man and the Care of the Self (forthcoming). Political Theory: an international journal of political philosophy, 43.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2013). Alexandre Lefebvre interviews Paul Patton. Contemporary Political Theory, 12(3), 206-214. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2011). Human Rights in Deleuze and Bergson's Later Philosophy. Theory and Event: an online journal of political theory, 14(3).
  • Lefebvre, A. (2011). Law and the Ordinary: Hart, Wittgenstein, Jurisprudence. Telos: a quarterly journal of critical thoughts, 154(Spring 2011), 99-118. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2010). Bergson on Durkheim: Society sui generis. Journal of Classical Sociology, 10(4), 457-477. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2010). Mary Wollstonecraft's civic perfectionism. Citizenship Studies, 14(4), 461-471. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2007). Critique of teleology in Kant and Dworkin: The law without organs (LwO). Philosophy and Social Criticism: an international, inter-disciplinary journal, 33(2), 179-201. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2006). Habermas and Deleuze on Law and Adjudication. Law and Critique, 17(3), 389-414. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2006). We Do Not Yet Know What the Law Can Do. Contemporary Political Theory, 5(1), 52-67. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2005). A New Image of Law: Deleuze and Jurisprudence. Telos: a quarterly journal of critical thoughts, 130, 103-126.
  • Isin, E., Lefebvre, A. (2005). The Gift of Law: Greek Euergetism and Ottoman Waqf. European Journal of Social Theory, 8(1), 5-23. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2005). The Political Given: Decisionism in Schmitt's Concept of the Political. Telos: a quarterly journal of critical thoughts, 132, 83-98.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2003). Things Temporal Exposé, Passages from Benjamin. Journal for Cultural Research, 7(1), 47-60.

Reference Works

  • Lefebvre, A. (2010). Jurisprudence. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Political Theory. (pp. 732-733). United States: Sage Publications.

2015

  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Bergson et les droits de l'homme: la conversion and le souci de soi (forthcoming). In Shin Abiko and Hisashi Fujita (Eds.), Remarques finales: Bergson et Les deux sources de la moralité et de la religion. Zurich: Georg Olms Verlag.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Jankélévitch on Bergson: living in time. In Alex Lefebvre and Nils F. Schott (Eds.), Vladimir Jankélévitch: Henri Bergson and other writings, (pp. vii-xvii). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). The Rights of Man and the Care of the Self (forthcoming). Political Theory: an international journal of political philosophy, 43.
  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2015). Vladimir Jankélévitch: Henri Bergson and other writings. Durham: Duke University Press.

2013

  • Lefebvre, A. (2013). Alexandre Lefebvre interviews Paul Patton. Contemporary Political Theory, 12(3), 206-214. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2013). Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergsons Political Philosophy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

2012

  • Lefebvre, A. (2012). Bergson and Human Rights. In Alexandre Lefebvre, Melanie White (Eds.), Bergson, Politics, and Religion, (pp. 193-214). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2012). Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2012). Human Rights in Deleuze and Bergson's Later Philosophy. In Laurent de Sutter and Kyle J. McGee (Eds.), Deleuze and Law, (pp. 48-68). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2012). Introduction: Bergson, Politics, and Religion. In Alexandre Lefebvre, Melanie White (Eds.), Bergson, Politics, and Religion, (pp. 1-21). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2012). Religion within the Bounds of Emotion Alone: Bergson and Kant. In Dale Spencer, Kevin Walby & Alan Hunt (Eds.), Emotions Matter: A Relational Approach to Emotions, (pp. 102-123). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

2011

  • Lefebvre, A. (2011). Human Rights in Deleuze and Bergson's Later Philosophy. Theory and Event: an online journal of political theory, 14(3).
  • Lefebvre, A. (2011). Law and the Ordinary: Hart, Wittgenstein, Jurisprudence. Telos: a quarterly journal of critical thoughts, 154(Spring 2011), 99-118. [More Information]

2010

  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2010). Bergson on Durkheim: Society sui generis. Journal of Classical Sociology, 10(4), 457-477. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2010). Jurisprudence. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Political Theory. (pp. 732-733). United States: Sage Publications.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2010). Mary Wollstonecraft's civic perfectionism. Citizenship Studies, 14(4), 461-471. [More Information]

2009

  • Lefebvre, A. (2009). The Time of Law: Evolution in Bergson and Holmes. In Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook, Patrick Hanafin (Eds.), Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures, (pp. 24-46). Baskingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2008

  • Lefebvre, A. (2008). The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza [Translated into Korean (2012)]. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

2007

  • Lefebvre, A. (2007). Critique of teleology in Kant and Dworkin: The law without organs (LwO). Philosophy and Social Criticism: an international, inter-disciplinary journal, 33(2), 179-201. [More Information]

2006

  • Lefebvre, A. (2006). Habermas and Deleuze on Law and Adjudication. Law and Critique, 17(3), 389-414. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2006). We Do Not Yet Know What the Law Can Do. Contemporary Political Theory, 5(1), 52-67. [More Information]

2005

  • Lefebvre, A. (2005). A New Image of Law: Deleuze and Jurisprudence. Telos: a quarterly journal of critical thoughts, 130, 103-126.
  • Isin, E., Lefebvre, A. (2005). The Gift of Law: Greek Euergetism and Ottoman Waqf. European Journal of Social Theory, 8(1), 5-23. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2005). The Political Given: Decisionism in Schmitt's Concept of the Political. Telos: a quarterly journal of critical thoughts, 132, 83-98.

2003

  • Lefebvre, A. (2003). Things Temporal Exposé, Passages from Benjamin. Journal for Cultural Research, 7(1), 47-60.

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