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.

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 is 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

Associations

Editorial Board, Contemporary Political Theory.

Reviews of Alex Lefebvre’s Books and Articles

Moyn, S. Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. Political Theory: an International Journal of Political Philosophy, 2015.

Feldman, A. 2014. Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. Contemporary Political Theory, 2014.
Costa-Carvalho, M. Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. The Review of Politics, 2014.

Sarquis, A. Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. Political Studies Review, 2014.

Donohoe, J. Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. Choice, 2013.

Cosic, M. Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. The Australian, 2013.

Timmermans, P. Review of Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Political Studies Review, 2014.

Fernandez, O. V. Review of Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Foro Interno, 2014.

Antliff, M. Review of Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Symploke, 2014.

Douglass, P. Review of Bergson, Politics, and Religion. H-France Review, 2014.

Kelly, M. Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2013.

Review of Human Rights as a Way of Life. Midwest Book Review, 2013.

Robinson, K. Review of Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2013.

Kelly, M. Review of Bergson, Politics, and Religion. French Studies, 2013.

Robinson, R. C. Review of Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Choice, 2013.

Boundas, C. Review of The Image of Law. Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, 2012.

Kollmer, C. Review of “A New Image of Law: Deleuze and Jurisprudence.” Telos, 2011.

Scott, S. Review of The Image of Law. Theory and Event, 2010.

McGee, K. Review of The Image of Law. Law and Literature, 2009.

Protevi, J. Review of The Image of Law. Continental Philosophy Review, 2009.

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. (2012). The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza [Korean translation]. Seoul: Chi Woo.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2008). The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza. 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 et 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 and 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 Holmes and Bergson. 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. Political Theory: an international journal of political philosophy, 43, 1-23. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Wollstonecraft, Human Rights, and the Care of the Self. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 5.
  • 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), 1-10.
  • 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 et 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. Political Theory: an international journal of political philosophy, 43, 1-23. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2015). Vladimir Jankélévitch: Henri Bergson and other writings. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Wollstonecraft, Human Rights, and the Care of the Self. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 5.

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 and Alan Hunt (Eds.), Emotions Matter: A Relational Approach to Emotions, (pp. 102-123). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2012). The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza [Korean translation]. Seoul: Chi Woo.

2011

  • Lefebvre, A. (2011). Human Rights in Deleuze and Bergson's Later Philosophy. Theory and Event: an online journal of political theory, 14(3), 1-10.
  • 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 Holmes and Bergson. 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. 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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