FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “Bad Faith, False Consciousness, and se faire objet: Complicit and Resistant Consciousness under Oppression” by Prof. Jennifer McWeeny, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA


22 Feb 2016





Both Beauvoir and Fanon claim that Sartre’s ontology cannot make sense of the kind of divided consciousness that emerges in oppressive contexts like sexism, racism, and colonialism. According to both thinkers, there is a distinct difference between being treated as an object by another and making oneself an object (se faire objet) by participating in the very oppressive systems that deny one’s subjectivity. This paper analyzes the relationships between objectification, self-consciousness, and the body with reference to the phenomenological philosophies of Sartre, Beauvoir, and Fanon, as well as to contemporary debates in feminist theory, decolonial theory, critical race theory, and queer theory. In so doing, a case is made for the enduring relevance of phenomenology to radical political movement, especially in virtue of its ability to “raise consciousness” by illuminating the very structures of experience that facilitate and resist oppression.


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