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  • Chiara Bottici

    Professor and Chair 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, according to an interdisciplary model of critique that goes back to the Frankfurt School. I have written on the history of European philosophy (particularly modern political thought), critical theory, feminism, post- and decolonial studies.

    Besides English, my work has also appeared in Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Slovak and Catalan. Since 2001, I have given 130 lectures across five continents, including venues such as Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, Vilnius, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Rosario Argentina, Harvard University, Calarts, University College London, Berlin, EHESS in Paris, Universitade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo (USP), Yale University, CUNY, Sydney University, Columbia University, and Princeton University, among others.

    For a general discussion of my 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. 

    2004, PhD in Social And Political Science, European University Institute.

    Recent Publications


    Edited Volumes

    Articles (selection)

    • "Towards an interstitial global critical theory", with Benoit Challand, in Globalizations, Nov 2021
    • “Imagination, Imaginary, Imaginal: Towards a New Social Ontology?” in Social Epistemology, 33:5, (2019) 433-441
    • “Who is afraid of The Myth of the State? Remarks on Cassirer’s Forgotten Manuscript” Social Imaginaries, 3.2 (2017) 213-227 [German translation]
    • “Bodies in plural: Towards an Anarchafeminist Manifesto.” Thesis Eleven, Vol 142, 2017, pp.99-111 [Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian translations]
    • “Rethinking the biopolitical turn: from the thanatopolitical to the geneapolitical paradigm.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 35(1):175-197 (2015) [Spanish translation]
    • “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, Spanish, Turkish translations]
    • “Imaginal politics.” Thesis Eleven 106:56-72 (2011) [German, Spanish translations]
    • “The politics of imagination and the public role of religion.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 35(8):985-1005 (2009) [Italian translation] 
    • “Philosophies of political myth. A comparative look backward: Cassirer, Sorel and Spinoza.” European Journal of Political Theory 8(3):365-382 (2009)
    • “The domestic analogy and the Kantian project of perpetual peace.” Journal of Political Philosophy 11(4):392-410 (2003) [German translation]

    Research Interests

    Social and political philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics, feminism, LGBTQI+ issues.

    Future Courses

    French Reading Group
    GPHI 5013, Fall 2024

    German Reading Group
    GPHI 5014, Fall 2024

    Greek/Latin Reading Group
    GPHI 5012, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Philosophy & Literature
    LPHI 2775, Fall 2024

    Socialism and Anarchism
    GPHI 6799, Spring 2025

    Socialism and Anarchism
    GPOL 6799, Spring 2025

    Socialism and Anarchism
    LPHI 2073, Spring 2025

    Spanish Language Group
    GPHI 5020, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2023

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