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  • Chiara Bottici

    Associate Professor of Philosophy


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    Chiara Bottici


    For me, history of philosophy and a critical theory of society are two sides of the same coin: our interest for the past always reflects the standpoint of the present, but one cannot understand the present without navigating our past. I see philosophy as a critical tool in a constant dialogue with other disciplines, as well as an endeavour entangled with other practices for sense making such as literature, art and psycoanalysis. I have written on the history of European philosophy (particularly early modern), critical theory, feminism, post- and decolonial studies.

    For a general discussion of my philosophical work in the decades 2000-2020, see the volume Debating Imaginal Politics: Dialogues With Chiara Bottici.

    Degrees Held

    1999, Laurea di dottore in filosofia, University of Florence. Dissertation  title: "The Analogy between Men and States"

    2004, PhD in Social And Political Science, European University Institute. Dissertation title: "A Philosophy of Political Myth"

    Recent Publications


    Edited Volumes

    Articles (selection)

    • "Towards an interstitial global critical theory", with Benoit Challand, in Globalizations, Nov 2021
    • “Europe after Eurocentrism?”, with Benoit Challand, in Crisis and Critique, vol. 6, issue 1, (2020), pp. 57-87
    • “Imagination, Imaginary, Imaginal: Towards a New Social Ontology?” in Social Epistemology, 33:5, (2019) 433-441
    • Anarchafeminism: Towards An Ontology of the Transindividual" Pubic Seminar, March 7 (2018)
      • Italian translation “Anarcofemminismo” in Progressive Politics, edited by Enrico Biale and Carlo Fumagalli, Fondazione Feltrinelli, Milano, pp. 32-50
      •  Spanish translation: “Anarcafeminismo”, in Arpillera. Revista de Estudios Feministas y Anarchistas, N. 8, August 202
      •  French translation (partial): “Pour un Anarchaféminisme”, Libération, 15 November (2018)
      • Romanian translation “Anarhafeminism: Către o ontologie a transindividualuluiin”, in Post/h/um. Jurnal de studii postumaniste, n. 6, Fall 2021.


    • “Who is afraid of The Myth of the State? Remarks on Cassirer’s Forgotten Manuscript” Social Imaginaries, 3.2 (2017) 213-227
      • German translation: 'Wer hat Angst vor Cassirers "The Myth of the State",' Mythos und Tabula rasa. Absoluter Anfang und totale Auslöschung als Denkform, ed. Yves Bizeul and Stephanie Wodianka (Munich: Bielefeld, 2017), 59-76.
    • “Bodies in plural: Towards an Anarchafeminist Manifesto.” Thesis Eleven, Vol 142, 2017, pp.99-111
      • Spanish translation: „Cuerpos en plural: hacia un manifiesto anarca-feminista”, in FEMERIS: Revista Multidisciplinar de Estudios de Género, no. 3 (2019): 224-245,
      • French translation: "Anarcha-féminisme et l'ontologie du transinidividuel," La Deleuziana, no. 8, (2018): 88-104.
      • Portoguese: “Corpos no plural: rumo à um manifesto anarcofeminista” in Psicologia em Revista (2020) v. 26, n. 1, p. 299-324.
    • “From imagination to the imaginal: Politics, spectacle and post-Fordist capitalism.” Social Imaginaries 3.1: 61-81 (2017)
    • “Rethinking the biopolitical turn: from the thanatopolitical to the geneapolitical paradigm.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 35(1):175-197 (2015)
      • Spanish translation: Dorsal. Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos. N. 8, 2020, pp. 323-348
    • “Democracy and the spectacle: On Rousseau’s homeopathic strategy.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 41(3):235-248 (2015)
    • “Another Enlightenment: Spinoza on myth and imagination.” Constellations 19 (4):1-19 (2012)
      • Italian translation: “Oltre la dialettica dell’illuminismo: Spinoza su mito ed immaginazione.” In Ordo et Connexio. Spinoza e le scienze sociali, ed. N. Marcucci (Ghibli: Collana Spinoziana, pp. 109-139 (2012)
      • Expanded and revised Italian translation: “Un altro Illuminismo: Immaginazione e mito in Spinoza.” Etica e politica. Rivista di filosofia. online
      • Spanish translation: “Más allá dialéctica de la llustración: Spinoza, sobre el mito y la imaginación.” Signos filosóficos XII:137-172 (2012)
      • Turkish translation: “BAŞKA BİR AYDINLANMA: SPİNOZA’DA MİT VE İMGELEM” in ViraVerita E-dergi, Sayı 2, 2015, pp. 130-154
    • “Imaginal politics.” Thesis Eleven 106:56-72 (2011)
      • German translation: “Imaginal Politik.” kultuRRevolution - Zeitschrift für angewandte Diskurstheorie 71: issue 2 (2016)
      • Spanish translation: “De la política de la imaginación a la política imaginal in Revista temas y debates: revista universitaria de ciencias sociales, edited by Gastón Souroujon y Hernán Fair (2018), n. 36, pp. 21-39
    • “Frankfurt School.” In The Encyclopedia of Political Science, ed. G.T. Kurian, vol. 2, pp. 614-616 (Washington, DC: CQ Press [Sage], 2011)
    • “Imagining human rights: Utopia or ideology?” Law and Critique 21(2):111-130 (2010)
    • “The politics of imagination and the public role of religion.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 35(8):985-1005 (2009)
      • Italian translation: “La politica dell’immaginazione ed il nuovo ruolo pubblico della religione.” Iride 55:617-640 (2009)
    • “Philosophies of political myth. A comparative look backward: Cassirer, Sorel and Spinoza.” European Journal of Political Theory 8(3):365-382 (2009)
    • “Rethinking political myth. The clash of civilisations as a self-fulfilling prophecy,” co-authored with Benoit Challand. European Journal of Social Theory 9(4):315-336 (2006)
    • “The domestic analogy and the Kantian project of perpetual peace.” Journal of Political Philosophy 11(4):392-410 (2003)
      • German translation: “Kant und das Problem der domestic analogy.” In Globale Gerechtigkeit, ed. J.C. Merle (Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog), pp. 475-487 (2005)

    Opinion pieces / newspapers (selection)

    Short Stories/Anthologies/ Opera librettos

    • " An Ongoing Libretto" for The Art Of Change Opera, and experimental and multimedia opera by Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Commissioned by COPA (The New School) on occasion of the The New School Centennial.
    • Stabat Matter Tryptic”, in Fence. Literary Magazine (Fall 2020)
    • L’eslcuso”, in L’immaginazione, n. 313, Sep. Oct 2019, pp. 8-11.
      • English translation: The Excluded, in Rendering Unconscious, edited by Vanessa Sinclair, Stockholm, Sweden, Trapart Books, 2019, pp. 359-364
      • Revised English translation: “In Nomine Patris, in The Cabinet of Imaginary Laws, edited by Peter Goodrich andThanos Zartaloudis (in English)
    • “La lingua della signora P,” in Il Caffe Illustrato, n. 68-69 (2013)

    Research Interests

    Early modern philosophy, social and political philosophy, feminism, LGBTQI+ issues, capitalism studies, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, aesthetics.

    Current Courses

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Spring 2023

    Socialism and Anarchism
    GPOL 6799, Spring 2023

    Socialism and Anarchism
    GPHI 6799, Spring 2023

    Future Courses

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2023

    Past Courses

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2022

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2022

    Philosophy & Literature
    LPHI 2775, Fall 2022

    Philosophy and Literature
    GPHI 6598, Fall 2022

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