Dr Frantz Fanon

Psychiatrist and radical philosopher

Frantz Fanon (20th July 1925 – 6th December 1961) was a psychiatrist and political philosopher from the French colony of Martinique. His works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory and Marxism. As well as an intellectual, Fanon was a political radical, Pan-Africanist, and Marxist humanist. He was concerned with the psychopathology of colonization and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization.

In the course of his work as a physician and psychiatrist, Fanon supported Algeria’s War of independence from France, and was a member of the Algerian National Liberation Front.

A full account of Frantz Fanon’s life can be found here.

The drawing below charts his life, major influences and his seminal works.

David Kirby

Frantz Fanon’s journey