Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Both this book of essays and a platform to think and reflect aloud would not have been possible without the enormous generosity of Donald Pease. For a number of years we have been in dialogue about America. We have not agreed all the time, but Don’s extraordinary insights always stimulate me to think again, even when...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

The lectures collected here were delivered at Dartmouth College in the spring of 2007 to inaugurate the Freedman Humanities Lecture Series. With the exception of the second essay, “Race, Historical Trauma, and Democracy: The Politics of a Historical Wrong,” the essays have been edited only to refl ect the different format in...

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1. Empire of Liberty: Desire, Power, and the States of Exception

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pp. 9-37

Over the past few years there has been a vigorous debate about the character of America as an imperial power and empire.1 The parameters of this debate center on questions about the kind of imperial power that the current configuration of American power represents. Does American imperial power follow the models of...

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2. Race, Historical Trauma, and Democracy: The Politics of a Historical Wrong

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pp. 38-65

This lecture follows the one titled “Empire of Liberty: Desire, Power, and the States of Exception” in two ways. First, I continue to explore some of the ways in which contemporary power functions, but this time I pay more attention to issues of race and democracy. In discussing these issues, this lecture works through questions...

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3. Death, Power, Violence, and New Sovereignties

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pp. 66-97

I want to thank all of you for coming, particularly those of you who have been following the series. We can now safely say that one of the critical questions that these lectures continue to focus on is what one may call the constituting of subjectivities. To keep the various threads of these lectures clear, I want to quickly draw some...

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4. The End of History or the Invention of Existence: Critical Thought and Thinking about the Human

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pp. 98-122

I begin this final lecture by expressing my deep appreciation to all of you who have attended this lecture series. Your engaging comments and questions have been important, making it more like a conversation than a formal lecture series. You may recall that I began this lecture series, or conversation, by stating that I was trying...

Notes

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pp. 123-140

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 141-148

Index

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pp. 149-158