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  • Cinzia Arruzza

    Associate Professor of Philosophy


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    Cinzia Arruzza


    Cinzia Arruzza is Associate Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and subsequently studied at the universities of Fribourg (Switzerland), and Bonn (Germany), where she was the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship.

    Degrees Held

    PhD 2005, University of Rome Tor Vergata

    Professional Affiliation

    American Association of University Professors

    American Philosophical Association

    Society for Classical Studies

    Member of the International Scientific Committee of the Centre for Critical Theory and Politics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

    External Affiliate to the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University of London


    Recent Publications

    Select Books and Edited Volumes

    Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, co-author with Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser, Verso Books, 2019

    A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato's Republic, Oxford University Press, 2018

    Philosophy and Political Power in Antiquity (Studies in Moral Philosophy Series), co-editor with Dmitri Nikulin, Brill, 2016

    Plotinus. Ennead II 5. On What is Potentially and What Actually. Translation with an Introduction and Commentary, ‘The Enneads of Plotinus Series’ (editors: John Dillon and Andrew Smith), Parmenides Press, Las Vegas 2015

    Dangerous Liaisons, Marriages and Divorces of Marxism and Feminism, The Merlin Press, London 2013 


    Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

    (co-authored with Patrick King), ‘“Class Struggle is not a Game.” Daniel Bensaïd’s Relational Conception of Class’, Século XXI, 10:1 (2020), pp. 21-44.

    ‘The Lion and the Wolf: The Tyrant’s Spirit in Plato’s Republic’, Ancient Philosophy, 38:1 (2018), pp. 47-67.

    ‘From Democracy to Tyranny: Plato, Trump, and the Misuses of a Philosophical Trope’, Bollettino della Società Filosofica Italiana, settembre-dicembre (2017), pp. 69-81 .

    ‘Capitalism and the Conflict over Universality: A Feminist Perspective’, Philosophy Today, 61:4 (2017).

    ‘Social Reproduction Feminism and its Critics’, Science & Society, 80.1 (2016), pp. 9-30.

    ‘Gender as Social Temporality: Butler (and Marx)’, Historical Materialism, 23.1 (2015), pp. 28-52.

    ‘Genere e capitale: la critica marxiana dell’ecomia politica e il femminismo’, Iride, 1 (2015), pp. 79-94.

    “Cleaning the City”. Plato and Popper on political Change’, Polis. The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought, 29. 2 (2012), pp. 259-285

    ‘Plato’s World-Maker in Origen’s Contra Celsum’, Horizons, 3.1 (2012), pp. 61-80

    ‘The Private and the Common in Plato’s Republic’, History of Political Thought, 32. 2 (2011), pp. 215-233

    ‘Passive potentiality in the physical realm: Plotinus’ critique of Aristotle in Enneads II 5 [25]’, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 1(2011), pp. 24-57


    Select Articles in Journals and Online Publications

    'Governance and Social Conflict in a Time of Pandemic,' co-author, Viewpoint Magazine, April 2020

    'Feminism of the 99% is an anticapitalist alternative to neoliberal feminism,' interview in International Viewpoint, January 2019

    'What the Women's Strike Means,' Jacobin, March 2017

    'Italy's Refusal', New Left Review, Jan/Feb 2017

    Remarks on Gender’, Viewpoint Magazine, September 2014 (also published in Italian, French, and Portuguese)



    Select Book Chapters

    ‘Feminist Movements in a Pandemic World: Toward a New Class Politics’, in Class and Redistribution, ed. by Farah Aksoy, Meagan Down, and Corina Oprea, L’Internationale Online, pp. 25-44 (www.internationaleonline.org).   ‘Feminismo, clase y reproducción social’, in Clase, proceso de trabajo y reproducción social: Ampliando las perspectivas de los estudios laborales, ed. by M. Atzeni, R. Elbert, C. Marticorena, J. Montero Bressan and J. Soul, Conice, Buenos Aires, pp. 228-240.   ‘Three Debates in Marxist Feminism’, in The Sage Handbook of Marxism, ed. by Svenja Bromberg, Sara R. Farris, Beverley Skeggs, & Alberto Toscano, SAGE, London, Vol. 3, pp. 1354-1372

    ‘Bad Lovers and Lovers of the Demos in Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus’, in Philosophie für die Polis. Akten des 5. internationalen Kongresses der Gesellschaft für Antike Philosophie in Zürich (6.–9. September 2016), ed. by Christoph Riedweg, de Gruyter, Berlin 2019, pp. 203-220.

    (Co-authored with Aaron Jaffe), ‘Ancient Philosophy’, in The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, ed. by Jeff Diamanti, Andrew Pendakis and Imre Szeman, Bloomsbury, London 1019, pp. 175-184.

    ‘Capitalism’s Insidious Charm vs. Women’s and Sexual Liberation’, in Feminism, Capitalism, and Critique. Essays in Honor of Nancy Fraser, ed. by B. Bargu and C. Bottici, Palgrave McMillan 2017, pp. 85-100.

    ‘Il genere del capitale. Introduzione al femminismo marxista’, in Storia del marxismo, ed. by Stefano Petrucciani, Carocci editore, 2015

    ‘Being True to One’s Birth: What is gennaion in the Noble Falsehood of the Republic?’, in Plato Revived, ed. by Filip Karfik and Euree Song, de Gruyter 2013

    ‘Of What is Anarcha-feminism the Name?’, in The Anarchist Turn, ed. by Chiara Bottici, Jacob Blumenfeld and Simon Critchley, Pluto Press, London 2013, pp. 111-123

    ‘"La femme est l’avenir du spectre”? Le genre, le capital, et le marxisme de Daniel Bensaïd’, in Daniel Bensaïd, l’intempestif, ed. by François Sabado, Editions La Decouverte, Paris 2012



    Performances and Appearances

    Media Appearances

    'The Feminist Perspective - Cinzia Arruzza,' The Feminist Perspective with Dr. Sophia Johnson, May 30, 2019

    'Face 2 Face with Cinzia Arruzza,' Face 2 Face Show, March 9, 2019

    Research Interests

    My research interests include ancient metaphysics and political thought, Socrates, Plato, Neoplatonism, feminist theory and Marxism. I am currently working on a book project titled: Socrates' Women. The Soul, Virtue and Sexual Difference in Plato and the Socratic Circle.

    Awards And Honors

    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Alumni Fellowship at the University of Bonn (2014) Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bonn (2009-2010) Research Fellowship, University of Fribourg (CH) (2005-2006) Doctoral Fellowship, University of Rome Tor Vergata (2001-2004)  

    Future Courses

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Eros, Madness and Plato
    LPHI 3029, Fall 2023

    GPOL 6772, Spring 2024

    GPHI 6159, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    GPHI 6093, Fall 2023

    LPHI 3056, Spring 2024

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