Italo Alves | Doktorand Stipendiat

Former Member
Critical Thinking in the Plural. Conceptual Approaches in Research in the Social Sciences
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: italo.alves  ( at ) Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700

Position : PhD Student | Disciplines : Philosophy |


Italo Alves is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy department at Loyola University Chicago. He holds a master’s in Philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in Social and Legal Studies from the Catholic University in Porto Alegre (PUCRS), Brazil. He is interested in the intersections of critical social theory and aesthetics, and he is currently writing a dissertation on the aesthetic dimensions of Axel Honneth’s philosophy. He has published on Hegel, Marx, Goffman, and contemporary critical theory. Italo has held visiting research positions at the Normative Orders research cluster of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, the Philosophy department at Université de Montréal, the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and the Sociology department at Concordia University of Edmonton.

CV File

Loyola University Chicago, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


Title of thesis

Struggle for Self-Expression


2022–          Struggle for Self-Expression

2018–2022 Immanent Critique and the Normative Capacity of Performance

2016–2018 Dissensus and Normativity in the Public Sphere

2015–2015 Liberty and Recognition in Hegel's Philosophy of Right

2013–2014 Right, Justice, and Liberty in Kant, Hegel, and Rawls

Organisation of Events

Co-organizer, 2022 Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Virtual conference, Co-hosted by the Philosophy Department at Loyola University Chicago and the Philosophy and Politics Departments at the New School for Social Research, April 15–16, 2022. [link]

Co-organizer (with Graziella Mazzei, Guilherme Primo, and Camila Barbosa), Colloquium Butler XXI, Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, May 14, 2019. [link]

Organizer, Philosophy Talks (Brown Bag Meeting Series), Graduate Program in Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, 2016–2017. Around 15 meetings. [2016/1] [2016/2] [2017]

Member of the Coordination Committee (3 members) and Scientific Committee (7 members), 2017 Graduate Philosophy Conference, Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, 2017.

Member of the Coordination Committee (3 members), and Scientific Committee (7 members), 2016 Graduate Philosophy Conference, Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, 2016.

Co-organizer, Course of International Relations for Teachers (RIPE), School of Economics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), 2011–2015.


“All the World Is Not, of Course, a Stage”: Habermas and Goffman on Dramaturgical Action. 60th Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, October 13–15, 2022 (forthcoming).

On Mass Dandyism: Disputing the Means of Aesthetic Self-Expression. (In)visibility: The Aesthetic Dimension of Political Participation. Universität Zürich, Department of Philosophy, Zurich, June 30–July 2, 2022 (forthcoming). [link]

Performance and Critical Theory: Recasting the Habermas–Goffman Debate. 14th Critical Theory Conference in Rome. Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Center, Rome, May 16–18, 2022 (forthcoming).

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Normativity Beyond Discourse. 1st Graduate Conference in Political Theory. Department of Politics, New School for Social Research, New York, March 7, 2020. [link]

Is There Normativity Outside of Discourse?. Crossroads of Critique: Axel Honneth and the Frankfurt School Project. CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, Paris, June 7, 2019. [link]

(With Alexandra Mallett and Erica França) How is influence wielded?. Latin American Studies Association 2019 Meeting. Boston, May 25, 2019. [link]

Reclaiming the Unknown: Prefiguration, Utopia, Performance. Philosophy Talks. Graduate Program in Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, May 16, 2019. 

Frames, Techniques and Performances: A Critique of Bodies in Assembly. Colloquium Butler XXI. Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, May 14, 2019.

Immanent Critique and Performative Practices. 18th Meeting of Brazil's Association of Graduate Studies in Philosophy (ANPOF). Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória, October 24, 2018.

Axel Honneth and Symbolic Interactionism: The Role of G.H. Mead in a Theory of Practical Intersubjectivity. 18th Graduate Philosophy Conference. Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, October 10, 2018.

Performance and Immanent Critique: Unveiling the Normative Charge of Non-Discursive Social Practices. 8th International Symposium on Justice. Working Group on Theories of Justice/ANPOF, PUCRS, UFSC, Florianópolis, September 13, 2018.

Magdalene Iconography: Sacred and Profane, Pathetic and Political. Mary Magdalene: Multiple Representations. Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, June 27, 2017.

Political Performance: Non-Discursive Aspects in the Scope of Immanent Critique. 17th Graduate Philosophy Conference. Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, October 9, 2017.

Struggle for Recognition and Normativity in the Public Sphere. Philosophy Meetings. Department of Philosophy, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, October 27, 2016.

Competing Public Spheres: Fraser's Critique of Habermas. 16th Graduate Philosophy Conference, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, September 28, 2016.

Some différances between Derrida and Saroyan. 11th Cycle of Investigations on Visual Arts. Graduate Program in Visual Arts, State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC), Florianópolis, August 30, 2016.

Struggle for Self-Expression


Peer-Reviewed Articles

(With Alexandra Mallett, Erica França, and Lisa Mills) Environmental impacts of mining in Brazil and the environmental licensing process: changes needed for changing times? The Extractive Industries and Society, 8:3, September 2021. [doi]

Right as Title of Recognition: A Hegelian Conception. Synesis, 9:2, 2017, p. 49–70. [link]

Retroactive Dialectics and Value in Marx's Capital. Revista Opinião Filosófica, 7:1, 2016, p. 393–407. [link]

(With Thadeu Weber) Justice and Punishment in Hegel's Philosophy of Right. Direitos Fundamentais & Justiça, 28, jul.–set. 2014, p. 153–164. [doi]


Is Another Socialism Possible?. Review of Axel Honneth's The Idea of Socialism (Polity, 2017). Conversas e Controvérsias 4:2, 2018, p. 77–83. [link]

Editorially Reviewed Articles

O diabo nos detalhes. Revista Piauí (Brazil), forthcoming.

What is at stake in the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil?. Political Critique (Poland), August 2, 2016. [link]

Co je v sázce v případě odvolání brazilské prezidentky? [What is at stake in the impeachment of the Brazilian President?]. A2larm (Czechia), August 1, 2016. Translated by Linda Fořtová. [link]