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Philosophy - United Kingdom

Research topics


Philosophy and Monstrosity in the 17th century

The main objective of this project is to reconstruct the role, status, and function of the concept of monstrosity. The research will roughly cover the period between the renaissance of Atomism in the late 16th century and the critique of mechanicism at the beginning of the 18th century.
The broad area of enquiry of this project is the changing image of nature and man in the period of the scientific revolution. I intend to analyse the idea that monstrosity plays in the birth of modern philosophy and its effects on the new image of man, god, and the world.

Activities / Resume


Filippo Del Lucchese is Senior Lecturer in History of Political Thought at Brunel University, London, and Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg.
His research interests are in the early modern period (from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment), history of philosophy and Marxism. He has been a Marie Curie fellow (Occidental College, Los Angeles and Université de Picardie, Amiens), and holds degrees from the universities of Pisa and Paris-Sorbonne.



  • Monsters in Thought: Philosophy of Otherness in Ancient Thought. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2019.
  • The Political Philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2015.
  • Conflict, Law and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza: Tumults and Indignation. Continuum, London 2009.

Articles and chapters

  • «The mother of all prejudices: Teleology and Normativity in Spinoza», Parrhesia. 32 (2020), pp. 145-70.
  • «The Revolutionary Foundation of Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli, Spinoza, and Constituent Power», dans Y. Melamed et H. Sharp éds., Spinoza’s Political Treatise: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2018, pp. 190-203.
  • «Jura communia as anima imperii: The symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza», dans A. Kiarina Kordela et D. Vardoulakis éds., Spinoza's Authority Volume II: Resistance and Power in The Political Treatise. Bloomsbury, London 2018, pp. 27-44.
  • «Machiavelli and Constituent Power: the Revolutionary Foundation of Modern Political Thought», European Journal of Political Theory, 16 (2017), pp. 3-23.
  • «Spinoza and Constituent Power», Contemporary Political Theory, 15 (2016), pp. 182-204.
  • «Freedom, Equality, and Conflict: Rousseau on Machiavelli», History of Political Thought 35 (2014), pp. 29-49.


  • A. Matheron, Politics, Ontology and Knowledge in Spinoza, en coll. avec Gil Morejon and David Maruzzella. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2020.
  • The Power of the Monstrous, en coll. avec Caroline Williams, ‘Philosophy Today’ 60 (2016), 1.
  • The Radical Machiavelli: Politics, Philosophy, and Language, en coll. avec Fabio Frosini and Vittorio Morfino. Brill Academic Publisher, Leiden 2015.
  • Lucrezio nella modernità. XVII secolo. Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Milano, 13 e 14 dicembre 2007, en coll. avec Vittorio Morfino et Gianfranco Mormino, Bibliopolis, Napoli 2011.