About me


Since 2007 I am a research professor in sociology at the Institute of Social and Political Studies (IESP, formerly known as IUPERJ), which is part of the State University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Hailing originally from Flanders in Belgium, I have worked at many universities in Europe (University of Manchester, University of Humanist Studies in Utrecht, Brunel University in London, European University Institute in Florence), the United States (UCLA and Yale University) and Brazil (Federal University of Brasília, Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, State University of Rio de Janeiro). Having lived in suitcases for almost twenty years, I have now finally settled in Brazil.

I defended my PhD at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris in 1995 on theories of reification in German sociology, from Hegel to Habermas. Published in two volumes in French in the MAUSS series (a reference to Marcel Mauss that is also an acronym of the anti-disciplinary Mouvement Anti-Utilitariste dans les Sciences Sociales/Movement of Anti-Utilitarianism in the Social Sciences), this reconstruction of critical theory is now available in an abbreviated version in the Critical Realism Series and also in expanded version in Portuguese. Working at the intersection of philosophy and sociology, my main research interests are related to German social philosophy, Anglo-Saxon social theory and French sociological theory.

I have published a book on the sociology of Georg Simmel (in French), a book on posthumanism and biocapitalism (in French) and, more recently, I have also gathered some of my main articles on critical realism, internal conversations, collective subjectivities, Bourdieu and biotechnology in What’s Critical about Critical Realism? Essays in Reconstructive Social Theory (Routledge, 2014). More recently, together with Alain Caillé, I published Pour une nouvelle sociologie classique (Le bord de l’eau, 2016). Currently, I am gathering materials for a book (in Portuguese) on existential sociology.


For a more extended description of my current research interests, I refer the reader to the webpage of Sociofilo (in Portuguese), the research lab I direct at IESP/UERJ.



Curriculum Vitae


CV 2017


Courses Taught


Undergraduate Courses


Knowledge, Culture and Modernity (Brunel University) - Syllabus

Social Theory and Institutions (Brunel University) - Syllabus

Modernity and Beyond (Yale) - Syllabus

Social Theory: A Humanist Perspective (Yale) - Syllabus

Theories of Action in Contemporary Sociology (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve) - Syllabus


Graduate Courses

Teoria sociológica I (IESP) - Syllabus

Teoria Sociológica II (Iuperj) - Syllabus

Teoria Sociológica III (Iuperj) - Syllabus

Teoria Sociológica III (IESP, 2016) - Syllabus

Teoria Sociológica III (IESP 2017 - Syllabus

Filosofia e Sociologia das tecnociências (Iuperj) - Syllabus

O fato social total global (Iuperj) -Syllabus

A sociologia como filosofia pratica (IESP) - Syllabus

A sociologia como filosofia moral (IESP) - Syllabus

A sociologia como filosofia política (IESP) -Syllabus

(com Diogo Silva Corrêa): As “viradas” nas ciências humanas (IESP) - Syllabus


Sociologia existencial (IESP) - Syllabus