Alexandre Lefebvre

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow
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Alexandre Lefebvre is Professor of Politics and Philosophy in the Department of Government and International Relations, and the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in political theory, the history of political thought, and French philosophy. For the past several years he has been working on the idea that leading legal and political doctrines of our time can serve as the foundation for rich and rewarding ways of life. In Human Rights as a Way of Life: on Bergson’s Political Philosophy (Stanford UP 2013) and Human Rights and the Care of the Self (Duke UP 2018), he argued that human rights can enable ethical practices of self-transformation to help people to become more joyful, resilient, present, and loving. At Princeton, he will be working on a new book project, Liberalism as a Way of Life (for Princeton UP), which extends this idea to liberal values as the basis for a fulfilling way of life.