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Daniele Lorenzini

Associate Professor of Philosophy

PhD, Paris XII University & Sapienza University of Rome
BA & MA, Scuola Normale Superiore & University of Pisa

I came to Penn in 2022 from the University of Warwick, where I was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the co-director of the Center for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy. Previously, I held postdoctoral and visiting positions at Columbia University, Sorbonne University, and the University of Saint-Louis in Brussels.
This academic year (2023-2024), I am on a Humboldt Research Fellowship at Freie Universität Berlin to work on a new book project on the critical social philosophy of Frantz Fanon. I am also leading, with Sukaina Hirji, an online reading group on oppression.
Post-Kantian European philosophy and social & political philosophy constitute the center of gravity of my work, but I also possess areas of scholarly and teaching expertise in early analytic philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy & literature, and the history & philosophy of human rights.
My new book, The Force of Truth: Critique, Genealogy, and Truth-Telling in Michel Foucault, on Foucault’s history of truth and what I call possibilizing genealogy, was published by the University of Chicago Press in September 2023. You can read Johanna Oksala’s review of it for Critical Inquiry here, and listen to this podcast where I talk about the book with Richard Grijalva. 
I am the co-editor of Foucault Studies and of two book series, Philosophie du présent (Vrin) and The Chicago Foucault Project (University of Chicago Press).
At Penn, I am also a member of the Department of Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies (FIGS) Graduate Group.
Upcoming Talks
“Moral Perfectionism as a Way of Life,” Philosophy as a Way of Life International Seminar, Nova Institute of Philosophy, Lisbon (Portugal), March 20, 2024
“L'archéologie comme méthode de diagnostic: Quelques réflexions à partir du Discours philosophique de Michel Foucault,” Research Institute for Promoting Intercultural Studies, Kobe University (Japan), April 13, 2024
Talk and workshop on my book, The Force of Truth (Chicago, 2023), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, May 2-3, 2024
“Frantz Fanon and the Harm of Racism,” Philosophy Department Colloquium, Universität Potsdam (Germany), May 16, 2024
Title TBA, workshop Oppression, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), May 31, 2024
Title TBA, international conference L’ordinaire comme quête et comme projection, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), June 18-19, 2024
Title TBA, international conference Foucault: A Renewed Reassessment on Reception, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Germany), July 3-5, 2024
Title TBA, Political Theory Workshop, The University of Chicago (USA), date TBC
“L’attualità del Discorso filosofico di Michel Foucault,” workshop Discorso filosofico e politica della verità, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Napoli (Italy), 14-November 15, 2024
Selected Publications
The Force of Truth: Critique, Genealogy, and Truth-Telling in Michel Foucault (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2023)
La force du vrai: De Foucault à Austin (Lormont: Le Bord de l’Eau, 2017)
Éthique et politique de soi: Foucault, Hadot, Cavell et les techniques de l’ordinaire (Paris: Vrin, 2015)
Jacques Maritain e i diritti umani: Fra totalitarismo, antisemitismo e democrazia (Brescia: Morcelliana, 2012); English translation: Jacques Maritain and Human Rights (South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, in press)
Edited Books
The Foucauldian Mind (New York: Routledge, “Philosophical Minds” series, in prep.)
Genealogy: A Genealogy (with V. Erlenbusch-Anderson, New York: Columbia University Press, in prep.)
Michel Foucault, Généalogies de la sexualité (with H.-P. Fruchaud, Paris: Vrin, in press)
Michel Foucault, Le discours philosophique (with O. Irrera, Paris: EHESS/Gallimard/Seuil, 2023); English translation: Philosophical Discourse (New York: Columbia University Press, in prep.)
Michel Foucault, Folie, langage, littérature (with H.-P. Fruchaud & J. Revel, Paris: Vrin, 2019); English translation: Madness, Language, Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2023)
Michel Foucault, Dire vrai sur soi-même: Conférences prononcées à l’Université Victoria de Toronto, 1982 (with H.-P. Fruchaud, Paris: Vrin, 2017); English edition: Speaking the Truth about Oneself: Lectures at Victoria University, Toronto, 1982 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021)
Foucault and the Making of Subjects (with L. Cremonesi, O. Irrera & M. Tazzioli, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)
Foucault, la sexualité, l’Antiquité (with S. Boehringer, Paris: Kimé, 2016); English translation: Foucault, Sexuality, Antiquity (New York: Routledge, 2022)
Foucault/Wittgenstein: Subjectivité, politique, éthique (with P. Gillot, Paris: CNRS, 2016)
Michel Foucault, Discours et vérité (with H.-P. Fruchaud, Paris: Vrin, 2016); English edition: Discourse & Truth (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019)
Jacques Maritain, Contro l’antisemitismo: Dignità della persona, mistero di Israele, sionismo (Brescia: Morcelliana, 2016)
Michel Foucault, Qu’est-ce que la critique? suivi de La culture de soi (with H.-P. Fruchaud, Paris: Vrin, 2015); English translation: What Is Critique? & The Culture of the Self (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2024)
Michel Foucault: Éthique et vérité, 1980-1984 (with A. Revel & A. Sforzini, Paris: Vrin, 2013)
Michel Foucault, L’origine de l’herméneutique de soi: Conférences prononcées à Dartmouth College, 1980 (with H.-P. Fruchaud, Paris: Vrin, 2013); English edition: About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self: Lectures at Dartmouth College, 1980 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015)
Le travail de la littérature: Usages du littéraire en philosophie (with A. Revel, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2012)
Journal Articles
“Genealogical Perfectionism,” The Monist (R&R)
Rethinking Biopolitics: COVID-19, Differential Vulnerabilities, and Biopolitical Rights,” Journal of European Studies (online first: 2024)
The Architectonic of Foucault's Critique” (with T. Tiisala), European Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming (online first: 2023)
Philosophical Discourse and Ascetic Practice: On Foucault’s Readings of Descartes’ Meditations,” Theory, Culture & Society, 40:1-2 (2023), pp. 139-159
Reason versus Power: Genealogy, Critique, and Epistemic Injustice,” The Monist, 105:4 (2022), pp. 541-557
La fragilité de l'intellect: Martha Nussbaum, Aristote et la vie bonne,” Revue philosophique, 147 (2022), pp. 165-175
Biopolitics in the Time of Coronavirus,” Critical Inquiry, 47:S2 (2021), pp. 40-45
On Possibilising Genealogy,” Inquiry, forthcoming (online first: 2020)
From Recognition to Acknowledgment: Rethinking the Perlocutionary,” Inquiry, forthcoming (online first: 2020)
Critique without Ontology: Genealogy, Collective Subjects, and the Deadlocks of Evidence” (with M. Tazzioli), Radical Philosophy, 207 (2020), pp. 27-39
Anarcheology and the Emergence of the Alethurgic Subject in Foucault’s On the Government of the Living,” Foucault Studies, S3:1 (2020), pp. 53-70
The Definition of Nonhuman Animal Euthanasia,” Animal Studies, 9:2 (2020), pp. 1-20
Alèthurgie oculaire et littérature de témoignage: De Sophocle à Soljenitsyne,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 292 (2020), pp. 17-28
The Emergence of Desire: Notes Toward a Political History of the Will,” Critical Inquiry, 45:2 (2019), pp. 448-470
Stanley Cavell, 1926-2018,” Radical Philosophy, 203 (2018), pp. 122-126
Governmentality, Subjectivity, and the Neoliberal Form of Life,” Journal for Cultural Research, 22:2 (2018), pp. 154-166
Confessional Subjects and Conducts of Non-Truth: Foucault, Fanon, and the Making of the Subject” (with M. Tazzioli), Theory, Culture & Society, 35:1 (2018), pp. 71-90
Benjamin/Foucault: Histoire, discontinuité, événement,” Phantasia, 7 (2018)
Is Iris Murdoch a Perfectionist Philosopher?,” Iride: Philosophy and Public Discussion, 81 (2017), pp. 373-384
Briser le silence: La prise de parole entre infrapolitique et parrêsia” (with O. Irrera), Raisons politiques, 68 (2017), pp. 65-82
From Counter-Conduct to Critical Attitude: Michel Foucault and the Art of Not Being Governed Quite So Much,” Foucault Studies, 21 (2016), pp. 7-21
Performative, Passionate, and Parrhesiastic Utterance: On Cavell, Foucault, and Truth as an Ethical Force,” Critical Inquiry, 41:2 (2015), pp. 254-268
What Is a Regime of Truth?,” Le Foucaldien, 1:1 (2015)
Book Chapters
“Acknowledgment Is Not Recognition: On the Perlocutionary Dimension of Our Normative Practices,” in M. Congdon & T. Khurana (eds.), The Philosophy of Recognition: Expanded Perspectives on a Fundamental Concept (New York: Routledge, in press)
“Foucault’s Genealogy of Sexuality: From São Paulo to Confessions of the Flesh,” in N.K. Clements & D.L. Wyche (eds.), Foucault’s Confessions (New York: Columbia University Press, in press)
“Living Philosophically: Stanley Cavell, Moral Perfectionism, and Spiritual Exercises,” in D. LaRocca & P. Marrati (eds.), Stanley Cavell and Value Theory: Aesthetics, Moral Perfectionism, and the Human Condition (New York: Bloomsbury, in press)
“Foucault on Parrhesia and Rhetoric: A Reassessment,” in M. Faustino & H. Telo (eds.), Hadot and Foucault on Ancient Philosophy: Critical Assessments (Leiden: Brill, in press)
“Genealogy as a Practice of Truth: Nietzsche, Foucault, Fanon,” in P. Gori & L. Serini (eds.), Practices of Truth in Philosophy: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2023), pp. 235-253
“Foucault, Governmentality, and the Techniques of the Self,” in M. Tazzioli & W. Walters (eds.), Handbook of Governmentality (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2023), pp. 22-37
“La philosophie comme maladie du langage: Pierre Hadot lecteur de Wittgenstein,” in P. Gillot & É. Marrou (eds.), Wittgenstein en France (Paris: Kimé, 2022), pp. 19-40
“Pour ou contre l’identité? Assujettissement, subjectivation, autonomie,” in Ph. Sabot (ed.), Discours et politiques de l'identité (Villeneuve d’Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2022), pp. 21-30
“L’ordinaire à l’épreuve du perlocutoire,” in P. Fasula & S. Laugier (eds.), Les concepts de l'ordinaire (Paris: Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2021), pp. 149-162
“La parrêsia: une improvisation éthique,” in J.-M. Narbonne, H.-J. Lüsebrink & H. Schlange-Schöningen (eds.), Foucault: Repenser les rapports entre les Grecs et les Modernes (Paris: Vrin/Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2020), pp. 147-170
“La politique du paradis: Foucault, Les Aveux de la chair et la généalogie du néolibéralisme,” in S. Boehringer & L. Laufer (eds.), Après “Les Aveux de la chair”: Généalogie du sujet chez Michel Foucault (Paris: Epel, 2020), pp. 229-241
“Cogito et discours philosophique: Foucault lecteur de Descartes,” in K.S. Ong-Van-Cung (ed.), Les formes historiques du cogito: XVIIe-XXe siècles (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2019), pp. 259-273
“Peut-on dire vrai en démocratie? Michel Foucault et la parrêsia comme forme de vie,” in E. Ferrarese & S. Laugier (eds.), Formes de vie (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2018), pp. 171-187
“Foucault, Regimes of Truth, and the Making of the Subject,” in L. Cremonesi et al. (eds.), Foucault and the Making of Subjects (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), pp. 63-75
“Ethics as Politics: Foucault, Hadot, Cavell, and the Critique of Our Present,” in M. Tazzioli, S. Fuggle & Y. Lanci (eds.), Foucault and the History of Our Present (Basingstoke: Palsgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 223-235
“Subjetividad, poder y reconciliación” (with D. Fernández Agis), in D. Pérez Chico &A. García Ruíz (eds.), Perfeccionismo: Entre la ética política y la autonomía personal (Zaragoza: Prensas universitarias de Zaragoza, 2014), pp. 95-115
“Éthique et politique de nous-mêmes: À partir de Michel Foucault et Stanley Cavell,” in D. Lorenzini, A. Revel & A. Sforzini (eds.), Michel Foucault: Éthique et vérité, 1980-1984 (Paris: Vrin, 2013), pp. 239-254
“‘That government is best which governs not at all’: Thoreau et les enjeux éthico-politiques de la désobéissance civile,” in A. Louis & A. Revel (eds.), L’art de gouverner: Questions éthiques et politiques (Bern et al.: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 25-38
“Foucault, il cinismo e la ‘vera vita,’” in L. Bernini (ed.), Michel Foucault, gli antichi e i moderni: Parrhesia, Aufklärung, ontologia dell’attualità (Pisa: ETS, 2011), pp. 75-99
“La vie comme ‘réel’ de la philosophie: Cavell, Foucault, Hadot et les techniques de l’ordinaire,” in S. Laugier (ed.), La voix et la vertu: Variétés du perfectionnisme moral (Paris: P.U.F., 2010), pp. 469-487
Interviews & Public Engagement
Frantz Fanon and the Politics of Truth,” Blog of the American Philosophical Association, March 14, 2023
Histoire de la sexualité de Michel Foucault: Pourquoi voulons-nous tout connaître du sexe?,” Les chemins de la philosophie, France Culture, June 20, 2022 
Techniques of Self-Transformation: Iris Murdoch and Moral Perfectionism,” ABC Religion & Ethics, October 5, 2021
Che cos’è il perfezionismo morale?,”, September 15, 2020
Jacques Maritain on Anti-Semitism and Human Rights: A Conversation with Daniele Lorenzini” (with Brian Phillips), Journal of Human Rights Practice, 10:3 (2018), pp. 536-545
Qu’est-ce que le perfectionnisme moral?,” Les chemins de la philosophie, France Culture, September 5, 2018 
Éthique et politique de soi,” Les nouveaux chemins de la connaissance, France Culture, January 8, 2016   
More on my Academia page and Google Scholar page.