chapter  2
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Fanon and Causation

This chapter argues that there are both ethical and common sense imperatives that would require a decision-maker to refuse to select as operative a cause or causes amongst others 'equally related' to what is claimed as the effect(s) of racial domination, violence or discrimination. Frantz Fanon, as a psychoanalyst, was, of course, intensely preoccupied with the psychological effects – the forms of neuroses – arising in those subjected to racial domination. When Fanon speaks of an irrational world he speaks of the disjoining and fragmenting of ordinary pairings, sequences and conjunctions. The philosophical and legal inquiry into causation presents the world, or state or situation, in just such an unconnected frame. Thus does Fanon describe the racial state as an 'irrational one' and describes himself as engaged in the unremitting, yet ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to 'rationalise the world'.