I am a philosopher who has published and taught extensively on psychoanalysis, biopolitics, Marxism, and French and Italian thought. Questions regarding anthropogenesis, the origins, transmission and modification of social structures, and a materialist approach to the ontological and political nature of the human animal are crucial concerns in all strands of my current and recent investigations.


My books include Subjectivity and Otherness (MIT Press, 2007); The Italian Difference (Re.press, 2009 (edited with Alberto Toscano); Lacan and Philosophy (Re.press, 2014); Italian Thought Today (Routledge, 2014); The Not-Two: Logic and God in Lacan (MIT Press, 2016); and The Virtual Point of Freedom (Northwestern University Press, 2016). I translated books by Agamben and Virno into English and by Žižek into Italian.


I am now working on two new book projects. The first focuses on bureaucracy and intends to unravel the nexus between knowledge, enjoyment, and capitalism from a psychoanalytic and Marxist perspective. The second (co-authored with Adrian Johnston) aims at further developing the concept of “materialist agnosticism” I outlined in The Not-Two.


Currently, I am Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University. I also teach at the Freud Museum in London. Since 2014, I have been Visiting Professor at the philosophy programme of the European University at Saint Petersburg and at the Freud’s Dream Museum of the same city. I was previously Professor of Modern European Thought at the University of Kent, where I founded and directed the Centre for Critical Thought. I held visiting positions at institutions in continental Europe, the US, and Asia. I served as director of the GSH - Genoa School of Humanities. I am the editor of a newly established book series on Italian radical thought (“Insubordinations”) at the MIT Press, which will be launched in 2020.