Vladimir Safatle



Department of Philosophy and Psychology, University of São Paulo


Vladimir is Professor in 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 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 this, Vladimir is responsible for the translation of Theodor W. Adorno's complete works into Portuguese and for the coordination of the book series Explosante (Ubu Press). He also writes a column in El País.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Vladimir was involved in the program "The Human Condition in the 21st Century".

  • 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 considered in this way, namely, through a collective exercise of mutual decentering.


Le circuit des affects. Corps politiques, détresse et la fin de l’individu, 2021

Dar corpo ao impossível: O sentido da dialética a partir de Theodor Adorno, 2019

Grand Hotel Abyss: Desire, Recognition and the Restoration of the Subject, 2016

A esquerda que não teme dizer seu nome, 2012

La Passion du négatif. Lacan et la dialectique, 2010

“Mirrors without Images: Mimesis and Recognition in Lacan and Adorno”, in: Radical Philosophy, 2006

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