Vladimir Safatle

Photo by Sabine Vielmo


Department of Philosophy and Psychology, University of São Paulo


Vladimir is Professor at the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Psychology at the University of São Paulo. He examines the relationship between philosophy and human sciences, especially psychoanalysis and psychology, in contemporary French thought and in the Frankfurt School. He is also an expert in Lacanian Thought and Leftist Politics. His research interests include Hegelian philosophy, post-Hegelian dialectical tradition as well as the philosophy of music. Beyond that Vladimir is responsible for the translation of Theodor W. Adorno's complete works into Portuguese, for the coordination of the book series “Explosante” (Ubu Press), and writes a column in "El País".

Vladimir has joined THE NEW INSTITUTE in the spring of 2022 and is involved in the programmes "The Foundation of Value and Values" and "The Future of Democracy".

  • What gives you hope?

    The social emancipation of the working class.

  • How does change happen?

    Changes occur when we understand that "Impossible" is, in fact, the name that we give for what cannot exist from the point of view of the current situation. Therefore, it is what forces the current situation to change radically, it forces a break in the structure. Everything that is decisive for us was once impossible.

  • Why have you joined TNI?

    I accepted the invitation to take part in TNI's projects because I realized the desire to create a strong space for dialogue composed of researchers from various countries and traditions. There are problems that can only be thought of in this way, namely, through a collective exercise of mutual decentering.


"Grand Hotel Abyss: Desire, Recognition and the Restoration of the Subject", Leuven University Press, 2016

"La passion du négatif: Lacan et la dialectique", Hildesheim, Georg Olms, 2010

"A esquerda que não tem dizer seu nome", The Left that has no Fear to say its Name, São Paulo: Três estrelas, 2012

"Le circuit des affects: corps politiques, détresse et la fin de l’individu", Au bord de L’eau: Paris, 2021

"Dar corpo ao impossível: o sentido da dialética após Adorno (Giving body to the impossible: the meaning of dialectics upon Adorno)", São Paulo: Autêntica, 2019

"Mirrors without Images: Mimesis and Recognition between Lacan and Adorno", Radical Philosophy, 2006

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