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Gerard Austin, OP, STD

Sean Erwin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Sean Erwin earned a BA in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and an MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the faculty at Barry, he served as a full-time Instructor at Florida International University. His main research interests are in medieval and renaissance philosophy, French continental philosophy, Aristotle, Spinoza and Machiavelli. He is currently preparing a monograph on the theme of arma alienis in Machiavelli.


  • “Bodily Involvements and the Errancy of Imagining in Baruch Spinoza,” North American Spinoza Society, proceedings monograph, 2000.
  • “The Political Efficacy of Prophetic Madness,” Idealistic Studies, 30:3 (Fall 2001): 189-207.
  • “A War of One’s Own: The Theme of Arma alienis in Machiavelli’s Principe,” British Journal of the History of Philosophy, v.18:4, September 2010.
  • Machiavelli Facing the Challenge of Gouvernementalité, translation from French, Foucault Studies, forthcoming September 2013.
  • “The Metabolism of Authority: Machiavelli’s Treatment of the Theme of Auxiliaries at Discorsi II.20,” forthcoming, Review of Politics.
  • “The Art of War and the Question of Having One’s Own Arms,” translation from French, currently under review at War and Society.
  • “Remembering the People: Territoriality and Foucault’s Interpretation of Machiavelli in Sécurité, Territoire, Population” currently under development.

Selected Presentations

  • February 2001, American University (Washington):Spinoza’s Philosophy of Affects/Effects
  • February 2003, King’s College (Wilkes-Barre), “Ancients and the Moderns”
  • March 2003, Penn State University (State College), “Transmissions of Imaginatio: Maimonides, Spinoza, Walter Benjamin”
  • February 2005, Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale), “Business Ethics and a Livable Wage”
  • March 2006, Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale), “The Torture Question”
  • April 2006, Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale), “How to Think Practice - Framing the Subject”
  • May 2007, The Vizcaya Foundation, “Aristotle, Plato and the Work of Art”
  • March 2008, Florida International University (Miami),“A War of One’s Own: The Theme of Arma Alienis in Machiavelli’s Principe
  • March 2012, South Central Renaissance Conference (New Orleans), “The Metabolism of the State”
  • April 2012, APA Pacific (Seattle), “The Theme of Arma alienis in Machiavelli’s Discorsi.
  • May 2012, Business in Education (Amsterdam), “Argument for a Strong Environmental Sustainability Component to the Contemporary Business Curriculum.”
  • October 2012, Barry University Conference on Power and Ethics, “Henrietta Lacks: Discipline, Security and la naissance du biopolitique
  • November 2012, Florida Philosophical Association (Orlando), “Machiavelli and Territory in Foucault’s Sécurité, Territoire, Population
  • February 2012, Mid South Philosophy Conference (Memphis), “Remembering the People: Territoriality and Foucault’s Interpretation of Machiavelli in Sécurité, Territoire, Population
  • May 2013, forthcoming presentation at the 14th annual Cultural Studies Symposium, in Izmir, Turkey “Territoriality in Machiavelli and Deleuze”
  • July 2013, forthcoming presentation at the 6th Annual Deleuze Studies Conference, “Deleuze, Foucault and Territorialization in Machiavelli”

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