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Mcfalls, Laurence

Full Professor


  • Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B.

Research expertise

In the 1990s I worked mainly on political and cultural problems related to German reunification in the context of European integration, and in the past decade I have been focusing on the theoretical, philosophical and epistemological bases of the social sciences, with a particular emphasis on the writings of Max Weber and Michel Foucault. In co-operation with my colleague in the Department of Anthropology, Mariella Pandolfi, I have also opened a new field of research and thought on military and humanitarian intervention and the new forms of therapeutic domination they have produced.

I have been deeply involved in the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies since its founding in 1997, and am currently developing a trans-Atlantic doctoral school on the theme of diversity, in co-operation with some 20 colleagues in Germany and Montreal

Areas of expertise


  • Laurence McFalls, “Benevolent Dictatorship: The Formal Logic of Humanitarian Government” in Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi, eds., Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention, New York: Zone, 2010, 317-334.
  • Laurence McFalls, éditeur, Max Weber’s ‘Objectivity’ Reconsidered, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, 385 p.
  • Laurence McFalls, Construire le politique : causalité, contingence et connaissances, Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2006, 319 p.
  • Laurence McFalls, « Les fondements rationnels et sociaux des passions politiques : vers une sociologie de la violence contemporaine avec Weber et Foucault », Anthropologie et Sociétés, 32 :3 (2008), 155-172.
  • Laurence McFalls, Communism’s Collapse, Democracy’s Demise : The Cultural Context and Consequences of the East Germans’ Revolution, New York : NYU Press et Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1995, 285 p.

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