About me


I am professor of sociology at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IFCS-UFRJ) in Brazil. From 2005 till 2018, I   taught at the Institute of Social and Political Studies (IESP, formerly known as IUPERJ), also in Rio. 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, Ecole des Hautes en Sciences Sociales in Paris), 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) and, together with Margaret Archer, Le réalisme critique. Une nouvelle ontologie pour la sociologie (Le bord de l’eau, 2019). Currently, I am gathering materials for a book (in Portuguese) on Habermaussian (sic) social theory. I have also written a book proposal (in English) for a monograph with the title A Theory of Social Theories.

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 IFCS-UFRJ.

I have also written a intellectual biography, a Memorial (in Portuguese), which is an essential piece when you apply for a job in Brazil.

En français, j’ai aussi produit un CV Analytique

Curriculum Vitae

CV 2021 (English) (Français)