Frantz Fan (1925-1961) was a Caribbean and African psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary whose works, including Black Skin, White Masks are hugely influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and post-Marxism. His legacy remains with us today, having inspired movements in Palestine, Sri Lanka, the US and South Africa. This is a critical biography of his extraordinary life. Peter Hudis draws on the expanse of his life and work - from his upbringing in Martinique and early intellectual influences to his mature efforts to fuse psychoanalysis and philosophy and contributions to the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria - to counter the molithic assumption that Fan's contribution to modern thought is defined by the advocacy of violence. He was a political activist who brought his interests in psychology and philosophy directly to bear on such issues as mutual recognition, democratic participation and political sovereignty. Hudis shows that, as a result, Fan emerges as neither armchair intellectual r intransigent militant.
Peter Hudis is author of Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Brill, 2012). He edited The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (MRP, 2004) and The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso, 2013) He is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Oakton Community College.