Fanon: Colonialism and the critical ideals of german idealism

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I argue that Franz Fanon can usefully be situated in the tradition of German Idealism in the sense that he takes from Kant and especially Hegel the conception of agency as something to be achieved through struggle for the ideal of humanity as self-determining. Fanon sees the suffering cased by colonial rule in Africa and elsewhere as deriving from the systematic deprivation of agency by the colonial power. Using the work of Hegel, Fanon seeks to reconstruct the emancipatory project of the black man in close analogy to Hegel's master-slave dialectic. The violence which Fanon sees as unavoidable in such a struggle is not violence for the sake of violence but, following Hegel, the violence that constitutes the subject in the first place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-399
Number of pages23
JournalCritical Horizons
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013


  • Agency
  • Fanon
  • Hegel
  • Kant
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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