Postdoctoral researcher in Ethics, Political philosophy and Philosophy of Law

Core professor of the Global Center for Advanced Studies

Claudia Landolfi is an Italian philosopher of the metamorphosis of contemporary subjectivity. Following the completion of her Ph.D. dissertation on Deleuze and Hume about the connections between desire-law-institutions, she has served for the last two years as a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Netherlands, the Dutch center for research in art, design and philosophy. While working in the Theory Department under the direction of the Slovenian theorist Mladen Dolar, she has participated in numerous international conferences both as selected and as invited speaker.  She has written books and essays on modern and contemporary Western philosophy with a particular focus on the subjectivation processes in the neoliberal digital apparatuses which restructure the relation between nature and culture, desire and power. She is working out a theory on the subjectivity defining concepts as: ‘digital governmentality’, ‘governamentalization of emotions’ in digital media, ‘digital shrift’, ‘psychic enclosure’,‘informational matter’, ‘legal principle of subjectivation’. Psychic enclosure is represented by the formulation of a judgmental internalized norm which regulates the emotions and which is activated by digital media’s apparatuses, thus producing the moralized-judgmental subject in digital media ‘court’ over the affective and informational matter which is the singularity in its desiring facets. The internalized judgment is an extension of the apparatus of control (as self-control), thus digital media’s function is understood not only as spectacularization and control but also as a court finalized to the inclusion of people adopting the dominant anthropological model (the judge who works for capitalist production) and to the exclusion of the unproductive differences. The difference is not in the multiplication of tastes and orientations as such but is the non-judgmental and evenimential multiplicity. Her current research on the affect  tends to open the subjective potential subtracting it to the judgment. Her aim is to propose an Ethics of Affect on an Empiricist basis, stressing the concepts of imagination, indetermination and invention, criticizing the cause-effect law and the anthropological paradigm which she calls ‘the legal subject’.


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