Simona Forti is Professor of Political Philosophy at Università del Piemonte, and at Graduate Programme in Philosophy at Turin University (Italy). Before coming to Columbia She has been Visiting Professor in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research (2012-2016) and “Fulbright Distinguished Chair” Professor at Northwestern University, (2014)

Simona Forti is widely recognized in Italy and abroad for her far-reaching studies on Hannah Arendt’s thought and the philosophical idea of Totalitarianism. In recent years she has given important contributions to the debate on Biopolitic launched by Michel Foucault, by focusing on Nazi biopolitics of the souls and democratic biopolitics of the bodies. In her last volume, New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today, translated into English and published by Stanford University Press in 2015, she deals with contemporary and post-foundational reshaping of the notion of evil.


Recent publications include:

Totalitarianism. Historical Regime or Bio-Power Intimate Vocation? , Public Seminar at The New School for Social Research:


The New Demons. Rethinking evil and power today, Stanford University Press, Stanford 2015;

The Soul as Site of Dissidence, in F. Tava and D. Meacham (eds), Thinking After Europe. Jan Patocka and Politics, Washington, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016;


Totalitarismo, Filosofia y Biopolitica, Estudios Publicos, 2016, n. 142, pp. 129-150; Democrati Bodies, Biopolitically Correct, “Graduate Faculty Philosophical Journal”, 2015;

Edition and Introduction of H. Arendt, Karl Marx e la tradizione del pensiero politico occidentale, Milano, Cortina, 2016;

Parrhesia between East and West: Foucault and Dissidence, in V. Lemm, M. Vatter (ed.), The Government of Life. Foucault, Biopolitics and Neoliberalism, Fordham University Press, New York 2014;

Spectres of Totality, in K. Palonen, T. Pulkkinen, J.M. Rosales (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to the Politics of Democratization in Europe, Ashgate Publishing Company, Farnham 2008;

"El Totalitarismo: Trayectoria de una idea limite, Herder Editorial, Barcelona 2008;

Paranoia e politica, ( con Marco Revelli ), Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2007;

The Biopolitics of Souls. Racism, Nazism and Plato, Political Theory, XXXIV, n.1, 2006;

'Hegel, Marx and Arendt, in Hannah Arendt: Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers, ed. by G. Williams, Routledge, London 2006;

Hannah Arendt's Legacy at 100 Years of Her Birth, Revista de Ciencia Politica, XXVI, n. 2, 2006;

Hannah Arendt tra filosofia e politica, Mondadori, Milano 2006;

La filosofia di fronte all'estremo, Einaudi, Torino 2004;

Edition of and introduction to Archivio Arendt II 1950-1954, Feltrinelli, Milano 2003, 2005;

Edition of Archivio Arendt 1, 1930-1948; Feltrinelli, Milano 2001;

Il totalitarismo, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2001, 2003, 2005; 2011; 2016.