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    Why Is Spinoza an Epicurean?
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (2): 389-409. 2020.
    The article argues that Spinoza’s political philosophy is best understood by tracing the influence of epicureanism in his thought.
  • Neo-epicureanism
    Philosophy Today 63 (4): 1013-1024. 2019.
    By looking at its history, this article emphasizes the importance of practical judgment for materialism. This sense of practical judgment is traced back to the function of phronesis in one of the ancient schools of materialism, namely, the Epicureans.
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    Vardoulakis explores what Balibar means by designating transindividuality as ‘quasi-transcendental.’ He does so by turning to Balibar’s readings of Part IV of Spinoza’s Ethics, the Part that is central to Balibar’s understanding of the transindividual in Spinoza. Vardoulakis shows that the quasi-transcendental in Spinoza can only be a form of agonistic relations if his political theory in the Theological Political Treatise is to account for political change.
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    Balibar and Transindividuality
    with Mark G. E. Kelly
    Australasian Philosophical Review 2 (1): 1-4. 2018.
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    Mystery is not merely a theological or literary category for G. K. Chesterton. It is also instrumental in understanding his conception of the political. The essay demonstrates the political significance of mystery through a close reading of Chesterton's short story ‘The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd’. A comparison with Heidegger's construal of the political will highlight Chesterton's originality.
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    Autoimmunities
    Research in Phenomenology 48 (1): 29-56. 2018.
    _ Source: _Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 29 - 56 I argue that a distinction between three autoimmunities is implied in Derrida’s _Rogues_. These are the autoimmunities of democracy as a regime of power, of democracy to come and of sovereignty. I extrapolate the relations between three different autoimmunities using the figure of the internal enemy in order to argue for an agonistic conception of democracy.
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    What Comes Before the Citizen?
    Philosophy Today 61 (4): 909-928. 2017.
    Vardoulakis traces the function of violence in Balibar’s theory of the subject/citizen. Doing so, Vardoulakis brings together areas of Balibar’s philosophy that are usually discussed separately, such as his work on Spinoza, his anthropology and his lectures on violence. Finally, Vardoulakis uses the presentation of the way violence figures in all these fields to offer a critique of Balibar’s conceptions of democracy and power.
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    War and Its Other: Review of Nick Mansfield's Theorizing War: From Hobbes to Badiou (review)
    Cultural Studies Review 16 (1): 267-272. 2010.
    In this ambitious, erudite and at the same time impassioned book on conceptualisations of war since the seventeenth century, Nick Mansfield starts from the premise that war can only be thought in relation to its other. This other can assume different guises, such as peace, the social, sovereignty and so on. Mansfield persuasively argues that only a ‘humanist sentimentality’ would see war’s other as unquestionably good. Such naivete forgets that wars have always been fought and crimes have always…Read more
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    'Clumsy questioners' Questioning and the Meaning of Meaning in Collingwood
    Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 11 (1): 39-59. 2005.
    Those of Collingwood's interpreters who insist that the science of being was abandoned in the later writings, tend to display also a marked dissatisfaction with the logic of question and answer, at least as it is presented in the Essay on Metaphysics. The most influential statement of this interpretation is undoubtedly Rex Martin's. It was initially published as an article in 1989 and was later institutionalized through its incorporation in his 'Editor's Introduction' to the Oxford University Pr…Read more
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    The Political Animal
    with Chris Danta
    Substance 37 (3): 3-7. 2008.
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    The Freedom to Lie
    Philosophy Today 58 (2): 141-162. 2014.
    This article examines the connection between lying and the concept of freedom, especially in the wake of the social contract tradition. I show that the liar poses a particular threat to the social contract. As a result, lying has been portrayed as a pernicious threat to the political. This culminates in Kant’s outright rejection of lying under any circumstance. From the Kantian perspective, one can be free only if one does not lie. Conversely, Spinoza’s co-implication of virtue and power entails…Read more
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    Spinoza Now (edited book)
    University of Minnesota Press. 2011.
    This collection, the first broadly interdisciplinary volume dealing with Spinozan thought, asserts the importance of Spinoza’s philosophy of immanence for contemporary cultural and philosophical debates.
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    Between logos and icons: Notes towards a transfigurative culture
    Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 1 (2): 175-186. 2010.
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    Total imagination and ontology in R. G. Collingwood
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (2). 2006.
    This Article does not have an abstract
  • Imperatives (review)
    Colloquy 9 130-137. 2005.
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    Beside(s): Elizabeth Presa with Jacques Derrida
    Derrida Today 2 (2): 200-209. 2009.
    This paper explores the way that Elizabeth Presa's artworks respond to Jacques Derrida's thought. By examining how the particularity (the beside) and its supplements (the besides) operate in Presa's works, it is shown how this movement between beside and besides is also central to Derrida's thought
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    The Politics of Nothing: On Sovereignty (edited book)
    with Clare Monagle
    Routledge. 2012.
    This book questions what sovereignty looks like when it is de-ontologised; when the nothingness at the heart of claims to sovereignty is unmasked and laid bare. Drawing on critical thinkers in political theology, such as Schmitt, Agamben, Nancy, Blanchot, Paulhan, The Politics of Nothing asks what happens to the political when considered in the frame of the productive potential of the nothing? The answers are framed in terms of the deep intellectual histories at our disposal for considering thes…Read more
  • Twins in Contemporary Literature and Culture: Look Twice (review)
    Colloquy 11 271-274. 2006.
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    Introduction to Antigone
    Colloquy 11 6-7. 2006.
    Sophocles seems to have already reached in Antigone the same insight about the body politic which will again be expressed in the seventeenth century by Spinoza: namely, the political has as its condition of possibility the potential for being challenged from within. Sophocles’ play starts immediately after Thebes has successfully stoved off a challenge from an external enemy – from Argos, another city state. However, during the battle, Eteocles, the king, and his own brother, Polynices, who in f…Read more
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    The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy
    Fordham University Press. 2010.
    It becomes the emblematic subject of modernity. This is the first significant study of the doppelganger's influence on philosophical thought.