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Dr Filippo Dellucchese

Dr Filippo Dellucchese
Senior Lecturer in Political Thought

Marie Jahoda 227

Research area(s)

  • History of philosophy from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
  • History of political thought
  • Political theory
  • Cinema
  • Early modern history

Research Interests

While the bulk of my work focuses on history of political thought, especially in the early modern period (from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment), I have also written on history of philosophy, political theory, Marxism, and cinema.

My first book was published in 2009 as Conflict, Law and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza: Tumult and Indignation by Continuum Press, A French translation was published by Editions Amsterdam. In this book, I analyze the relationship between the thought of Niccolò Machiavelli and that of Baruch Spinoza to show the profound influence that early modern Italian culture has had on European thought. The work of Machiavelli--one of the greatest intellectuals of the 16th century--produced deep and long lasting effects on continental culture as a whole and particularly on Spinoza. By focusing on Machiavelli’s “realism,” I highlight the ways that medical, legal, diplomatic and military cultures intersect, and I show Machiavelli not only as a political thinker but as a post-Renaissance intellectual par excellence who stands at the origin of a literature that challenges the categories of Classic Republicanism and Civic Humanism.

My second monograph, The Political Philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli,presents a new, critical introduction to Machiavelli's thought. It critically engages with his work in a new way, one not based on the problematic Cambridge school approach. Geared towards the requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of Machiavelli's ideas, I have conceived it as the companion to the study of this influential and challenging philosopher. The book introduces Machiavelli's life and the historical and theoretical context within which he developed his ideas; it contains detailed examinations of Machiavelli's major texts, including The Prince, The Discourses, The Florentine Histories and The Art of War; it critically analyses Machiavelli's most important concepts and shows how they continue to reverberate within Western political philosophy, paying particular attention to Machiavelli's language and central themes such as Virtue, Fortune, Conflict, History and Religion.

My second monograph, The Political Philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli, presents a new, critical introduction to Machiavelli's thought. It critically engages with his work in a new way, one not based on the problematic Cambridge school approach. Geared towards the requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of Machiavelli's ideas, I have conceived it as the companion to the study of this influential and challenging philosopher. The book introduces Machiavelli's life and the historical and theoretical context within which he developed his ideas; it contains detailed examinations of Machiavelli's major texts, including The Prince, The Discourses, The Florentine Histories and The Art of War; it critically analyses Machiavelli's most important concepts and shows how they continue to reverberate within Western political philosophy, paying particular attention to Machiavelli's language and central themes such as Virtue, Fortune, Conflict, History and Religion

Research grants and projects

Project details

Discourses of Monstrosity

My current project, in the area of the genealogy of multiculturalism, is entitled “Discourses of Monstrosity: Radical Otherness and the Construction of Identity in Early Modern European culture.” My aim is to produce a comprehensive interpretation of early modernity as a philosophical and political response to the challenges represented by the concept of monstrosity. The process of construction of identity, both individual and collective, is largely grounded on concurrent ideological mechanisms that define otherness: alterity and identity are the twin outcomes of the same intellectual and cultural process, historically produced by the encounter with the Other, whether real or imagined. I am currently preparing a monograph on this topic. 

Politics of Monstrosity

Niccolò Machiavelli: order and conflict in early modern political thought

Brunel University RDF (Research Development Fund)

ETHICA: A Multimedia Project on Spinoza\'s Ethics

£ 7,975

Del Lucchese (PI)

Completed:

Higher Education Academy

Developing Multimedia Resources: A Flexible Learning Approach to the History of Political Thought

£ 5,750 

Del Lucchese (PI) 

Brunel University BRIEF (Research and Innovation Fund)

The Fifth Centenary of Machiavelli's The Prince: A Celebration at Brunel University

£ 14,940

Del Lucchese (PI) 

European Commission, Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship

Political Teratology: The Monster as a Political Concept in the Early Modern Period

US$ 376,000

Del Lucchese (PI)