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Research interests

Dr. Sjoerd van Tuinen is associate professor of philosophy at Erasmus School of Philosophy

With expertise across the spectrum of continental philosophy, I’m interested in metaphysics, aesthetics, social and political theory, and the history of modern philosophy. My specializations are in pragmatism, critical theory, (post-)structuralism, and their practical implications for Marxism, feminism, postcolonialism, and environmentalism. I focus on questions concerning subjectivity, habit and habitat, art (history), media and technology, political affect, and commoning, while drawing on classical authors such as Leibniz, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Bergson, Whitehead, Heidegger, Adorno, and Deleuze.

I currently supervise projects on 'The Principle of Sufficient Reason: From Critique to Care' (PhD), 'The Role of Philosophy of Technology in the Anthropocene’ (PhD), 'The Logic of Deliciousness: To Think Food Differently in the Case of Nordic Cuisine' (PhD), 'Reasonable Machines: Rational Paths, Models and Prospects in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence' (PhD), 'The Politics of Austerity in Europe' (PhD), 'Articulations of Desire: Populism and the Future of Democracy' (Postdoc), and coordinate a long-standing study group in post-Kantian philosophy.

Short CV

After having studied sociology and philosophy in Rotterdam, Rome and Leipzig, I received a PhD in philosophy from Ghent University (2009) for a dissertation on Deleuze and neo-monadological accounts of the constitution of subjectivity. In 2008-9 I worked as a lecturer at Maastricht University. Among visiting appointments, I was visiting lecturer at Stellenbosch University (2005), visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2013), research fellow at Humboldt University (2014) and Fordham University (2016), a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University (2017-18), and a collaborator at NOVA University Lisbon (2022-). I have received several research grants, among them the NWO-Veni scholarship, and edited over two dozen films, volumes and special issues, including a series of interdisciplinary theory books in collaboration with V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media. I’m a founding member of the Erasmus Institute for Public Knowledge and editor for various journals including De Uil van Minerva Much of my work is available on academia.edu. ORCID iD

Current research

I’m working on a series of papers in which I develop a pedagogical practice and eco-philosophical reinterpretation of the principle of sufficient reason (PSR), geared towards achieving coherence between habits and habitats. According to Kant, the ‘idea of reason’ has passed through three stages: dogmatism, skepticism, and critique. Starting from the identification of a fault line in the late 19th century responses to German Idealism, I elaborate a fourth stage, provisionally called care.

One of my ongoing interests is in anarchism and autonomous Marxism, with a focus on questions of constituent and destituent power, the soul, and technology. I investigate the mediatic, ritual, and semiotic fields of belonging in which the constant (re)composition of collective bodies and souls occurs. This work on our affective incorporations, conspirative bubbles, and attention grabs includes revisiting the Kantian notion of the schematism and its reception in modern philosophy, as well as modes of value production beyond the worn dualism of use value and exchange value.

Key publications

Forthcoming monograph: The Dialectic of Ressentiment: Pedagogy of a Concept (Routledge, 2023). Contains revised and extended versions of previously published papers: 'The Drama of Ressentiment: The Philosopher versus the Priest', in: C. Meiborg & S. van Tuinen (eds). Deleuze and the Passions, Punctum Books (2016), 79-102. pdf 'The Resentment-Ressentiment Complex: A Critique of Liberal Discourse', Global Discourse, 10.2 (2020), 237-53. doi  ‘Authentic Ressentiment? The Polemics of Jean Améry’, Philosophy Today, 65.4 (2021), 807-27. doi

Monograph: The Philosophy of Mannerism: From Aesthetics to Modal Metaphysics (Bloomsbury, 2022). link

Papers on the PSR, critique and care: 'Deleuze: Speculative and Practical Philosophy', in: A. Avanessian & S. Malik (eds.), Genealogies of Speculation. Materialism and Subjectivity since Structuralism. Bloomsbury (2015), 93-114. pdf ‘'Elasticity and Plasticity: Immunology and the Crisis of Repetition', in: A. Radman & H. Sohn (eds). Critical and Clinical Cartographies. Edinburgh University Press (2017), 243-68. pdf  'Common Sense: From Critique to Care (Arendt beyond Arendt)' in: J. Brouwer & S. van Tuinen (eds.) To Mind is to Care (V2 Publishers, 2019), 124-57. pdf  Follow-up: 'Philosophy in the Light of AI: Hegel or Leibniz', in Angelaki. Journal for the Theoretical Humanities 25.4 (2020), 97-109, doi 

Papers on anarchism and autonomist marxism: 'Biomacht en biopolitiek: de inbedding van Foucault in het autonoom marxisme', in: Krisis. Tijdschrift voor actuele filosofie 2009.3, 68-85. With A. Griffioen. pdf 'Intersubjectivity and Transindividuality: Leibniz, Husserl, Deleuze, and the Composition of Worlds (Animal Monadology)', Lo Sguardo. Rivista di filosofia, 32 (2021), doi; ‘Transparency and its Schematism’, Krisis. Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 41.2 (2021), 83-6, doi. ‘The Use of Souls: Souriau and Political Spirituality’, Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico 15.2 (2022), 103-13. doi; ‘Political Mannerism’ in: Michael Marder and Giovani Tusa (eds.), Glossary of the Present (MIT Press, forthcoming 2023). pdf

Papers on Deleuze’s mannerist aesthetics: ‘Cinematic Neo-Mannerism or Neo-Baroque? Deleuze and Daney’, Image and Narrative, 13.2 (2012), 53-75. pdf  ‘Mannerism, Baroque and Modernism. Deleuze and the Essence of Art’, SubStance, 43.1 (2014), 166-90. doi ‘Brewing Dissonance: Conceptualizing Mannerism and Baroque in Music (with Deleuze)’, Diacritics 42.3 (2015), 54-82, with C. Meiborg. doi ‘Painting versus Theatre: The Hysteria of the Hand’, in L. Schreel (ed). Pathology and Aesthetics. The Concept of the Pathological in Kant and Contemporary Aesthetics (Düsseldorf UP, 2016), 69-98. pdf ‘Mannerism and Vitalism: Bergson and the Mannerist Image’, in A. Bancoianu & L. Marin (eds.), Usages de la figure, régimes de la figuration (Bucharest UP, 2018), 187-99. pdf ‘Hermeticism instead of Hermeneutics. The History of Philosophy Conceived Of as Mannerist Portraiture’, in G. Collet (ed), Deleuze, Guattari, and the Problem of Transdisciplinarity (Bloomsbury, 2020), 133-61. pdf

Monograph: Peter Sloterdijk – Ein Profil (Munich: Fink Verlag/Stuttgart: UTB, 1st and 2nd editions, 2006) pdf and 2004 Dutch version. English follow-up papers: 'Critique Beyond Resentment. An Introduction to Peter Sloterdijk’s Jovial Modernity', Cultural Politics 3.3 (2007), 275-306 doi 'Air Conditioning Spaceship Earth: Peter Sloterdijk’s Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm', Society and Space 27.1 (2009), 105-18. doi ‘A Thymotic Left? Peter Sloterdijk and the Psychopolitics of Ressentiment’ Symploke 18.1/2 (2011), 217-34. doi

Selected edited volumes

Miscellaneous: The Politics of Debt: Essays and Interviews (Zero Books, 2020). With A. Kleinherenbrink); The Polemics of Ressentiment. Variations on Nietzsche (Bloomsbury, 2018); Speculative Art Histories. Analysis at the Limits (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). pdf 

Interdisciplinary theory with V2_ Publishers: Technological Accidents – Accidental Technologies (forthcoming 2023). With J. Brouwer; To Mind is to Care (2019). With J. Brouwer. pdf The War of Appearances: Transparancy, Radiancy, Opacity (2016). With J. Brouwer & L. Spuybroek; Giving and Taking. Antidotes to a Culture of Greed (2014). With J. Brouwer.

On Deleuze: Art History after Deleuze and Guattari (Leuven University Press, 2017). With S. Zepke. pdf and pdf Deleuze and the Passions (Punctum Books, 2016). With C. Meiborg. pdf Deleuze and The Fold. A Critical Reader (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). With N. McDonnell.

In Dutch: Leven in het antropoceen. Een handleiding (Boom, 2019). With M. Schuilenburg. De nieuwe Franse filosofie. Denkers en thema's voor de 21e eeuw (Boom, 2011). With B. Ieven, A. van Rooden & M. Schuilenburg. pdf en pdf Deleuze compendium (Boom, 2009, 1st, 2nd, 3rd editions). With E. Romein & M. Schuilenburg. pdf en pdf

Courses taught

Graduate courses: Advanced Critical Theory: Readings in Marxism; The Principle and Function of Reason; Mannerism and Modernity; Political Affect; Leibniz Today (Neo-Monadologies); The Expressionist Aesthetics of Deleuze and Guattari; Alfred North Whitehead's 'Process and Reality'; Art Theory and Art Criticism; Metaphysics in Spinoza and Leibniz.

Undergraduate courses: Key Concepts for Ecological Encounters; Bergson and Continental Empiricism; Ontology and Metaphysics; Dialects and Difference; Aesthetics (videos); Plasticity of the Human; Philosophy and Rhetorics; Philosophy and Film; Philosophy of History; Ecophilosophy; Science, Culture and Technology; Thesis Writing; Culture and Identity in a Globalizing Europe; Style and Modernity; Philosophy of Language; Disenchantment and Ideology; Cultural Pluralism; Philosophical Reading.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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