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Forthcoming: Continental Perspectives on Community

The volume I edited together with Gert-Jan van der Heiden as part of my VENI project will be published by Routledge later in 2019. It includes essays by Ian James, Joanna Hodge, Simon Glendinning, John Drabinski and Sonia Sikka.

Continental Perspectives on Community explores the issues at the center of many historical and contemporary reflections on community and sociality in Continental philosophy. The essays reflect on the thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, Arendt, Derrida, Badiou, Fanon, Baldwin, Nancy, Agamben and Laruelle.

The volume brings the different approaches of these thinkers into conversation with each other. It discusses the possibility of how the concept of community can extend beyond the one and beyond any sense of unity and totality. Additionally, the book shows how the notion of community in plurality is at the heart of ethical and political reflections on alterity and race, of political philosophical reflections on the exception, and of ontological reflections on what it means for humans to be social. In this way, it offers an important contribution to the examination of how a community can be thought today.

This book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working on social, political, and cultural issues in Continental philosophy.

Jury Socratesbeker

Ik ben toegetreden tot de jury van de Socratesbeker. Deze prijs wordt ieder jaar uitgereikt aan de auteur van het meest urgente, oorspronkelijke en prikkelende Nederlandstalige filosofieboek dat in het voorgaande jaar verscheen. Zie hier voor meer informatie.

New position

As of October 2017, I am the senior policy officer for the humanities at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. See http://knaw.nl/en for more information on the Academy and its activities.

Lecture series: Thinking community after Heidegger

I am organizing a lecture series on “Thinking community today: Human co-existence after Heidegger” in the Spring of 2017. The program is as follows:

  • Tue Feb 14: Simon Glendinning (LSE), A community that is not one
  • Tue Mar 7: Ian James (Cambridge), On open community
  • Tue Mar 28: Christian Sternad (Leuven/Vienna), The 20th century as the struggle for community
  • Tue Apr 4: Joanna Hodge (Manchester), Jean-Luc Nancy on finite thinking, and finite history: Notes on being-in-common
  • Tue Apr 11: Sanem Yazıcıoğlu (Tilburg/Istanbul),  Arendtian beginning under the threat of violence
  • Tue May 2: Tina Chanter (Kingston), Who is the peasant woman? Gender and old shoes: Heidegger, Van Gogh and Rancière
  • Tue May 9: John Drabinski (Amherst): Dialectics, alterity, race
  • Tue May 16: Thomas Trezise (Princeton), First, second, third: On persons and community in Levinas

All lectures will start at 16:00h. Registration is not required but much appreciated through c.bax@ftr.ru.nl. Abstracts are available upon request, and further information can be found here.

*For those who saw an earlier version of the program, please note the following room changes: the April 4, May 2 and May 16 meetings will take place in E 3.29*

Bij Nader Inzien

I have joined the blogging team of Bij Nader Inzien, a Dutch website dedicated to making academic philosophy accessible to a larger audience and applying it to current affairs.

Princeton visit

I’ll be a guest of Princeton University’s French Department in the Spring of 2016.


As of September 2015, I will be an associate editor for ANTW (Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte). More information about this journal for philosophy in the Netherlands can be found here.