Sonja Lavaert

Professor of Philosophy and Language

Professors Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics (BIAL)
  • Current position Professor of Philosophy and Language
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Sonja Lavaert is a professor of early modern philosophy and the Enlightenment at the Department of Philosophy and Moral sciences, and of philosophy and language, political theory and Italian language and culture at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the VUB. Her publications focus on early modern philosophy (Machiavelli, Spinoza), radical contemporary philosophy (Agamben, Negri, Virno), critical theory, Italian studies and philosophy of art. She is the author of Het perspectief van de multitude (2011). Her research focuses on the philosophical representations of history, and on the genealogy of political and ethical concepts in the interdisciplinary area of philosophy, language, literature, and translation, between the present, the late 17th century and early Renaissance, and most notably but not exclusively, between the Netherlands and Italy.

Key publications:

Lavaert, S. ‘Radical Enlightenment, Enlightened Subversion, and Spinoza’, in Philosophica, The Radical Enlightenment: the Big Picture and its Details, Vol. 89, Gent, 2014, pp. 49-102, 54p.
Knott, A., Van de Sande, M. & Lavaert, S. ‘People in Democracy’, in Leijssenaar, B., Martens, J. & Van der Zweerde, E. (eds.) Futures of Democracy, Wilde Raven, Nijmegen & Eindhoven, 2014, pp. 146-164, 19p.
Lavaert, S. ‘Bartleby's Tragic Aporia’, in Gielen, P. (ed.) Institutional Attitudes. Instituting Art in a Flat World, Valiz, Amsterdam, 2013, pp. 117-140, 24p.
Lavaert, S. ‘Multitude, het grammaticale subject van politiek’, in Van Huffel, B. & Sambre, P. Michel Foucault: een voortdurend proces. Bijdragen over kritiek, politiek, seksualiteit en techniek, Acco, Leuven/Den Haag, 2012, pp. 91-113, 23p.
Lavaert, S. Het perspectief van de multitude. Agamben, Machiavelli, Negri, Spinoza, Virno, bij ASP/VUBPress, Brussel, 2011, 495p.