"Splendid Failures": Inclination, Slow Regicide, and Performative Critique

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This paper focuses on Honig’s critical reworking of the concept of inclination and her concept of “slow regicide”. With “slow regicide” Honig describes a performative critique of the violence of the patriarchal order. However, what Honig underestimates, I argue, is that this intervention must itself be non-violent if it is not to reinstate patriarchal violence. My suggestion is that paying closer attention to the performativity of inclination shows how “slow regicide” enables a non-violent refusal in which the normativity of patriarchy is frustrated and fails.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalRes Publica: Journal of the History of Political Ideas
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2024


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