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 past 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); The Virtual Point of Freedom (Northwestern University Press, 2016); and Zhelanie i Naslazdenie (Skifia Print, 2020). I translated books by Agamben and Virno into English and by Žižek into Italian.
I recently completed a new book (co-authored with Adrian Johnston), titled God Is Undead. Agnosticism and Atheism in Psychoanalysis, which aims at further developing some of the main themes I outlined in The Not-Two. I am presently researching a book on ontological and political in-difference (the latter as specifically applied to neo-capitalist bureaucracy).
Currently, I am Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University (UK), where I am also serving as co-convenor of the Faculty Research Group in Critical Theory. I teach at the European Graduate School (EGS). 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 the UK, continental Europe, the US, and Asia. I served as director of the GSH - Genoa School of Humanities in Italy. I am the editor of a book series on Italian radical thought (“Insubordinations”) at the MIT Press.