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Jane Flax

Scholar in Residence Department of Philosophy and Religion

My research and teaching interests include feminist theory, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, contemporary European and American political theories, philosophy of mind and ethics. I also maintain a private psychotherapy practice in Washington, DC. My publications include Thinking Fragments, Disputed Subjects, The American Dream in Black and White, and Resonances of Slavery in Race/Gender Relations. I have also published over 50 journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics including the philosophy of science, epistemology, mother-daughter relations, postmodern ethics, justice, the Frankfurt School, metaphysics, Kant, psychoanalytic theories and practice, and feminist theorizing.


BA, University of California, Berkeley; PhD, Yale University

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Selected Publications


    Thinking Fragments: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Postmodern­ism in the Contemporary West (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990; paperback 1991)


    Disputed Subjects: Essays on Psychoanalysis, Politics and Philosophy (New York: Routledge, 1993)


    ­­­­The American Dream in Black and White: The Clarence Thomas Hearings (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998; paperback 1999)


    Resonances of Slavery in Race/Gender Relations: Shadow at the Heart of American Politics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)