Associate Professor Dimitris Vardoulakis

Associate Professor Dimitris Vardoulakis

Associate Professor,
Humanities (Arts)

Biography

Dimitris Vardoulakis is the deputy chair of the Philosophy Research Initiative. He is the author of The Doppelgänger: Literature’s Philosophy (2010), Sovereignty and its Other: Toward the Dejustification of Violence (2013), Freedom from the Free Will: On Kafka’s Laughter (2016), and Stasis Before the State: Nine Theses on Agonistic Democracy (2018). He has also edited or co-edited numerous books, including Spinoza Now (2011) and Spinoza’s Authority, 2 volumes (2018). He is the director of "Thinking Out Loud: The Sydney Lectures in Philosophy and Society," and co-editor of the book series "Incitement" for Edinburgh University Press. His research interests range from the relation between literature and philosophy to theories of power and sovereignty. He has a particular interest in the works of Baruch Spinoza, Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida.

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Qualifications

  • PhD Monash University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Humanities (Arts)

Contact

Email: D.Vardoulakis@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8246 6808
Mobile:
Location: 1.G.45
Bankstown

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Publications

Books

  • Vardoulakis, D. (2020), 'Spinoza, the Epicurean: Authority and Utility in Materialism', : Edinburgh University Press 9781474476041.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Stasis Before the State: Nine Theses on Agonistic Democracy', : Fordham University Press 9780823277391.
  • Kordela, K. and Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Spinoza's Authority Volume II: Resistance and Power in the Political Treatises', : Bloomsbury Academic 9781350011069.
  • Kordela, K. and Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Spinoza's Authority Volume I: Resistance and Power in Ethics', : Bloomsbury Academic 9781472593207.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2016), 'Freedom From the Free Will: On Kafka's Laughter', : State University of New York Press 9781438462394.
  • Benjamin, A. and Vardoulakis, D. (2015), 'Sparks will Fly: Benjamin and Heidegger', : Suny Press 9781438455051.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2013), 'Sovereignty and Its Other : Toward the Dejustification of Violence', : Fordham University Press 9780823251353.
  • Monagle, C. and Vardoulakis, D. (2013), 'The Politics of Nothing: On Sovereignty', : Routledge 9780415509381.
  • Vardoulakis, D. and Kordela, K. (2011), 'Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages', : Palgrave Macmillan 9781349295265.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2010), 'The Doppelganger: Literature's Philosophy', : Fordham 9780823232987.
  • Hill, L., Nelso, B. and Vardoulakis, D. (2005), 'After Blanchot: Literature, Criticism, Philosophy', : Delaware Press 0874139465.

Chapters in Books

  • Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Equality and power : Spinoza's reformulation of the Aristotelian tradition of egalitarianism', Spinoza's Authority Volume I: Resistance and Power in Ethics, Bloomsbury Academic 9781472593207.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Authority and the law : the primacy of justification over legitimacy in Spinoza', Spinoza's Authority Volume II: Resistance and Power in the Political Treatises, Bloomsbury Academic 9781350011069.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Spinoza's authority in the treatises : an introduction', Spinoza's Authority Volume II: Resistance and Power in the Political Treatises, Bloomsbury Academic 9781350011069.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2015), 'A matter of immediacy : the political ontology of the artwork in Benjamin and Heidegger', Sparks will Fly: Benjamin and Heidegger, State University of New York Press 9781438455051.
  • Benjamin, A. and Vardoulakis, D. (2015), 'Introduction : "Sparks Will Fly"', Sparks will Fly: Benjamin and Heidegger, State University of New York Press 9781438455051.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2013), 'Kafka's empty law : laughter and freedom in The Trial', Philosophy and Kafka, Lexington Books 9780739180891.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2012), 'Spinoza's empty law : the possibility of political theology', Spinoza Beyond Philosophy, Edinburgh University Press 9780748644803.
  • Monagle, C. and Vardoulakis, D. (2012), 'Introduction. The negativity of sovereignty, now', The Politics of Nothing : On Sovereignty, Routledge 9780415509381.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2012), 'The Greek Utopia : Aris Alexandrou's The mission box', Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781443835749.
  • Kordela, K. and Vardoulakis, D. (2011), 'Kafka's cages : an introduction', Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages, Palgrave 9780230113428.
  • Kordela, K. and Vardoulakis, D. (2011), 'Kafka's cages : an introduction', Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages, Palgrave 9780230113428.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2011), 'The Fall is the proof of our freedom: Mediated Freedom in Kafka', Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages, Palgrave 9780230113428.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2011), 'Spinoza Now', Spinoza Now, University of Minnesota Press 9780816672806.
  • Bal, M. and Vardoulakis, D. (2011), 'An Inter-action: Rembrandt and Spinoza', Spinoza Now, University of Minnesota Press 9780816672806.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2006), 'Gray, Alasdair', Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature, Routledge 9781579584412.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2005), '"What terrifying complicity" : Jean Paul as collocutor in Death Sentence', After Blanchot: Literature, Criticism, Philosophy, University of Delaware Press 9780874139464.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2005), 'The subject of history: The temporality of parataxis in Benjamin's historiography', Walter Benjamin and History, Continuum 9780826467461.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2005), 'Peter Lyssiotis: Photopoems', The Bird, The Belltower, Owl Publishing 9780958187411.

Journal Articles

  • Vardoulakis, D. (2020), 'Freedom as overcoming the fear of death : Epicureanism in the subtitle of Spinoza's Theological Political Treatise', Parrhesia, vol 32 , pp 33 - 60.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2020), 'Why Is Spinoza an Epicurean?', Epoche, vol 24, no 2 , pp 389 - 409.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2020), 'The antinomy of frictionless sovereignty : inverse relations of authority and authoritarianism', b2o: an online journal, vol 20/08/2020 .
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2020), 'Hobbes or Spinoza? : two epicurean versions of the social contract', In Circolo: Rivista di Filosofia e Culture, vol 9 , pp 186 - 210.
  • Vardoulakis, D. and Voss, D. (2020), 'Introduction : Spinoza's provocation', Parrhesia, vol 32 , pp 1 - 2.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2020), 'Radicalizing radical negativity : on Oliver Marchant's Thinking Antagonism', Etica e Politica, vol 22, no 3 , pp 581 - 605.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2020), 'The three apples : agonistic democracy in the age of calculation', Philosophy Today, vol 64, no 4 , pp 913 - 918.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2019), 'The figure of Moses : the origins of authority in Spinoza', Textual Practice, vol 33, no 5 , pp 771 - 785.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2019), 'Spinoza's law : the epicurean definition of the law in the Theological Political Treatise', Radical Philosophy, vol 2019, no 2.05 , pp 23 - 33.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2019), 'Neo-Epicureanism', Philosophy Today, vol 63, no 4 , pp 1011 - 1022.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Autoimmunities : Derrida, democracy and political theology', Research in Phenomenology, vol 48, no 1 , pp 29 - 56.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Conflict as the quasi-transcendental : or, why Spinoza's Theologcal Political Treatise matters for transindividuality', Australasian Philosophical Review, vol 2, no 1 , pp 107 - 112.
  • Kelly, M. and Vardoulakis, D. (2018), 'Balibar and transindividuality', Australasian Philosophical Review, vol 2, no 1 , pp 1 - 4.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2017), 'How many does it take to dance? : the mystery of the political in G. K. Chesterton', Paragraph, vol 40, no 2 , pp 174 - 192.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2017), 'Stasis : notes toward agonist democracy', Theory and Event, vol 20, no 3 , pp 699 - 725.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2017), 'Solon's ekstatic stratgy : stasis and the subject/citizen', Cultural Critique, vol 96 , pp 71 - 100.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2017), 'What comes before the citizen? : violence and the limits of the political in Balibar', Philosophy Today, vol 61, no 4 , pp 909 - 928.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2016), 'Power, power and equality : Spinoza against Aristotle', Philosophizing: science, favor, boldness, vol 13 , pp 23 - 39.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2016), 'Agonistic equality in Ranciere and Spinoza', Synthesis, vol 9 , pp 14 - 34.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2014), 'The freedom to lie', Philosophy Today, vol 58, no 2 , pp 141 - 162.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2014), '< Le plus grand logicien du vingtieme siecle > : la liberte selon Derrida', Rue Descartes, vol 82 , pp 145 - 148.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2014), 'How can we resist sovereignty?', Chronos, vol 19 .
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2012), '"Invincible Eros" : democracy and the vicissitudes of participation in Antigone', Law and Literature, vol 24, no 2 , pp 213 - 231.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2012), 'On what conditions is one free to lie', Contemporary Issues, vol 34, no 118-119 , pp 87 - 94.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2010), 'War and its other : review of Nick Mansfield's Theorizing War: From Hobbes to Badiou', Cultural Studies Review, vol 16, no 1 , pp 267 - 272.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2010), 'The ends of stasis : spinoza as a reader of Agamben', Culture, Theory and Critique, vol 51, no 2 , pp 145 - 156.
  • Vardoulakis, D. and Monagle, C. (2010), 'Introduction - The Politics of Nothing: Sovereignty and Modernity', Culture, Theory and Critique, vol 51, no 2 , pp 111 - 114.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2010), 'The quintessence of dust : sovereignty and creaturely life', Parallax, vol 16, no 4 , pp 60 - 69.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2009), 'Spectres of Duty: Silence in Ibsen's Ghosts', Orbis Litterarum, vol 64, no 1 , pp 50 - 74.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2009), 'Beside(s) : Elizabeth Presa with Jacques Derrida', Derrida Today, vol 2, no 2 , pp 200 - 209.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2009), 'Stasis : beyond political theology?', Cultural Critique, vol 73 , pp 125 - 147.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2009), 'Confession and Time: The Subject in Papadiamantes' The Merchants of the Nations', Modern Language Notes, vol 124, no 5 , pp 1091 - 1115.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2009), 'Between logos and icons : notes towards a transfigurative culture', Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, vol 1, no 2 , pp 175 - 186.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2008), 'The 'Poor Thing' : the cosmopolitan in Alasdair Gray's Poor Things', SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, vol 37, no 3 , pp 137 - 151.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2006), 'The Pure Machine's Gambit: Walter Benjamin's Thesis I', Arena, , pp 12 - 12.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2006), 'The Return of Negation: The Doppelganger in Freud's The 'Uncanny'', Substance, , pp 17 - 17.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2006), 'Total Imagination and Ontology in R. G. Collingwood', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, , pp 21 - 21.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2005), ''Clumsy questioners' : questioning and the meaning of meaning in Collingwood', Collingwood and British Idealism, , pp 21 - 21.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2005), 'Imperatives: Andrew Benjamin, Disclosing Spaces: On Painting (Manchester: Clinamen Press, 2004)', Colloquy: text theory critique, , pp 10 - 10.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2004), 'The critique of loneliness : towards the political motives of the doppelganger', Angelaki, vol 9, no 2 , pp 81 - 101.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2004), 'The vicissitude of completeness : Gadamer's criticism of Collingwood', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol 12, no 1 , pp 3 - 19.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2003), 'Fait, Accompli: The Doppelganger in George Alexander's Mortal Divide', Modern Greek Studies, vol 11 , pp 258 - 269.

Conference Papers

  • Vardoulakis, D. (2009), 'Anarchic Utopia in Aris Alexandrou's The Mission Box', International Conference of Greek Studies, Adelaide.
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2007), 'Reading chapter one, part two of Papadiamantes's "The Merchants of the Nations"', Greek Research in Australia, .
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2005), 'Between divine and human justice : A reading of Papadiamantes's The Murderess', Greek Research in Australia, .
  • Vardoulakis, D. (2003), 'The play of Logos and Pathos: Longinus' philosophical presuppositions', Greek Research in Australia, .

Previous Projects

Title: Conceptual Fictions: Modern Narratives of Freedom and Equality
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Dimitris Vardoulakis
Years: 2014-01-16 - 2015-01-16
ID: P00021959

Supervision

Associate Professor Vardoulakis is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: From Robert Frost to Cognitive Poetics: A Theory of Poetic Experience
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