Associate Professor Alexandre Lefebvre

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor
Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4945

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Biographical details

I am Associate Professor 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

Political Theory, French philosophy, human rights, and jurisprudence.

Teaching and supervision

  • GOVT2112: Modern Political Thought
  • PHIL3613: The Philosophy of Human Rights

Please contact me for honours or post-graduate supervision in political theory, the philosophy of human rights, jurisprudence, and French philosophy.

Current projects

Liberalism as a Way of Life. At present, I am writing a book titled Liberalism as a Way of Life (under contract with Princeton University Press). I argue that you don’t have to be liberal AND something else, such as Christian, Buddhist, Kantian, hedonist, utilitarian, or otherwise. It is fully possible and, I believe, fully rewarding and sufficient, to be liberal through and through. This means that the values and attitudes enshrined in liberal political institutions, and ubiquitous in the background culture of liberal democracies – such as reciprocity, tolerance, personal freedom, impartiality, equality of opportunity, and the like – have the potential to inform a much more general sensibility, one that is supple enough to be realized in all different aspects of life: from family to the workplace, from friendship to enmity, from humor to outrage, and everything in between.


Henri Bergson. I am a specialist in the philosophy of Henri Bergson, the major French philosopher of the early twentieth century. My most recent work on this topic is a co-edited book (with Nils F. Schott), Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Associations

Faculty, The School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University (2021)

Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education (UK)

Editorial Board, Contemporary Political Theory

Société des amis de Bergson

Associate, Sydney Democracy Network

Awards and honours

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research 2017

Australasian Association of Philosophy Innovation in Inclusive Curricula Prize 2017

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award 2015

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2020

  • Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University; Lefebvre A; Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University/Visiting Fellowship.

2018

  • Research Fellowship, WZB Berlin Social Science Centre; Lefebvre A; WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center (Germany)/Visiting Fellowship.
  • Liberalism and the Future of Democracy; Lefebvre A, T�nder L, Taylor A, Ejsing M, Berg-Sorensen A; Office of Global Engagement/Partnership Collaboration Awards.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Los Derechos Humanos como Modo de vida. En torno a la filosofia politica de Bergson. Madrid: Escolar.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2018). Human Rights and the Care of the Self. Durham: Duke University Press. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2013). Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergson's 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. (2020). Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  • Celermajer, D., Lefebvre, A. (2020). The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2015). Henri Bergson: Vladimir Jankelevitch. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2012). Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Durham: Duke University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2020). Bergson and Social Thought. Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Cavell and Rawls: Modern Political Thought. In Paola Marrati (Eds.), Understanding Cavell, Understanding Modernism. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2020). Closed and Open Societies. In Mark Sinclair and Yaron Wolf (Eds.), The Bergsonian Mind. London: Routledge.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Human Rights as Spiritual Exercises. The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Introduction. Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  • Celermajer, D., Lefebvre, A. (2020). Introduction: Bringing the Subject of Human Rights into Focus. The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Spiritual Exercises in Political Theory: John Rawls with Hent de Vries. In Martin Shuster and Tarek Dika (Eds.), Religion in Reason: Phenomenology, Dialectics, and Political Theology in Hent De Vries. London: Routledge.
  • Moyn, S., Lefebvre, A. (2020). The Subject of Human Rights: an Interview with Samuel Moyn. The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2019). Human Rights. In Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting and Alan Coffee (Eds.), The Wollstonecraftian Mind, (pp. 429-440). London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2018). Bergson et les droits de l'homme: la conversion et le souci de soi. In Shin Abiko, Hisashi Fujita and Yasuhiko Sugimura (Eds.), Mechanique et mystique, (pp. 11-34). Zurich: Olms-Weidmann.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Jankelevitch on Bergson: Living in Time. In Alex Lefebvre, Nils F. Schott (Eds.), Henri Bergson: Vladimir Jankelevitch, (pp. xi-xxviii). 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. (2017). Bergson, human rights and joy. Continental Philosophy Review, 50(2), 201-223. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2017). The End of a Line: Care of the Self in Modern Political Thought. Genealogy, 1(2), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Bergson et les droits de l�homme: la conversion and le souci de soi. Dissertatio: Revista de Filosofia, 42(4), 172-193.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Human Rights and the Leap of Love. Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 24(2), 21-40. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Mary Wollstonecraft, Human Rights, and the Care of the Self. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 7(2), 179-200. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). The Rights of Man and the Care of the Self. Political Theory, 44(4), 518-540. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Una nueva imagen de la Ley: Deleuze y la jurisprudencia. Nuevo Itinerario, 11, 102-123.
  • 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 Expos�, Passages from Benjamin. Journal for Cultural Research, 7(1), 47-60.

Reference Works

  • Lefebvre, A. (2017). Henri Bergson. In Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion. London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2010). Jurisprudence. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Political Theory. (pp. 732-733). United States: Sage Publications.

Other

  • Lefebvre, A. (2018), "Review of Eileen Hunt Botting's Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women's Human Rights." Hypatia Reviews Online: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2018), "Review of Helena Rosenblatt's The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century". Times Higher Education.

2020

  • Lefebvre, A., White, M. (2020). Bergson and Social Thought. Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Cavell and Rawls: Modern Political Thought. In Paola Marrati (Eds.), Understanding Cavell, Understanding Modernism. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2020). Closed and Open Societies. In Mark Sinclair and Yaron Wolf (Eds.), The Bergsonian Mind. London: Routledge.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Human Rights as Spiritual Exercises. The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2020). Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Introduction. Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  • Celermajer, D., Lefebvre, A. (2020). Introduction: Bringing the Subject of Human Rights into Focus. The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Los Derechos Humanos como Modo de vida. En torno a la filosofia politica de Bergson. Madrid: Escolar.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2020). Spiritual Exercises in Political Theory: John Rawls with Hent de Vries. In Martin Shuster and Tarek Dika (Eds.), Religion in Reason: Phenomenology, Dialectics, and Political Theology in Hent De Vries. London: Routledge.
  • Celermajer, D., Lefebvre, A. (2020). The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Moyn, S., Lefebvre, A. (2020). The Subject of Human Rights: an Interview with Samuel Moyn. The Subject of Human Rights. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

2019

  • Lefebvre, A. (2019). Human Rights. In Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting and Alan Coffee (Eds.), The Wollstonecraftian Mind, (pp. 429-440). London: Routledge. [More Information]

2018

  • Lefebvre, A. (2018), "Review of Eileen Hunt Botting's Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women's Human Rights." Hypatia Reviews Online: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2018), "Review of Helena Rosenblatt's The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century". Times Higher Education.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2018). Bergson et les droits de l'homme: la conversion et le souci de soi. In Shin Abiko, Hisashi Fujita and Yasuhiko Sugimura (Eds.), Mechanique et mystique, (pp. 11-34). Zurich: Olms-Weidmann.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2018). Human Rights and the Care of the Self. Durham: Duke University Press. [More Information]

2017

  • Lefebvre, A. (2017). Bergson, human rights and joy. Continental Philosophy Review, 50(2), 201-223. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2017). Henri Bergson. In Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion. London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2017). The End of a Line: Care of the Self in Modern Political Thought. Genealogy, 1(2), 1-14. [More Information]

2016

  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Bergson et les droits de l�homme: la conversion and le souci de soi. Dissertatio: Revista de Filosofia, 42(4), 172-193.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Human Rights and the Leap of Love. Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 24(2), 21-40. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Mary Wollstonecraft, Human Rights, and the Care of the Self. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 7(2), 179-200. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). The Rights of Man and the Care of the Self. Political Theory, 44(4), 518-540. [More Information]
  • Lefebvre, A. (2016). Una nueva imagen de la Ley: Deleuze y la jurisprudencia. Nuevo Itinerario, 11, 102-123.

2015

  • Lefebvre, A., Schott, N. (2015). Henri Bergson: Vladimir Jankelevitch. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Lefebvre, A. (2015). Jankelevitch on Bergson: Living in Time. In Alex Lefebvre, Nils F. Schott (Eds.), Henri Bergson: Vladimir Jankelevitch, (pp. xi-xxviii). 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 Bergson's 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 Expos�, Passages from Benjamin. Journal for Cultural Research, 7(1), 47-60.

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