Sonja Lavaert obtained her PhD in Philosophy and Moral Sciences from the VUB with the dissertation Het perspectief van de multitude. Agamben, Machiavelli, Negri, Spinoza, Virno published in 2011 by VUBPress. She is a member of the Centre for Ethics and Humanism ETHU, the Brussels Institute of Applied Linguistics BIAL, and the Research Centre for Literature in Translation CLIV. She teaches Early modern philosophy and Philosophy of the Enlightenment in the Philosophy department of the VUB. In the department of Applied Linguistics, she teaches Language and society, Language, text and image, and Ethics/Deontology and translation. She has published on early modern political philosophy, radical contemporary philosophy, critical theory, philosophy of art, Italian literature/studies, and translation studies, and she is co-editor of The Dutch Legacy: Radical Thinkers of the 17th Century and the Enlightenment (2017) and Aufklärungs-Kritik und Aufklärungs-Mythen. Horkheimer und Adorno in philosophiehistorischer Perspektive (2018). Her research looks into the genealogy of political and ethical concepts in the interdisciplinary area of philosophy, language, literature, and translation from the present, the late 17th century, Renaissance and the Enlightenment.