Thinking Transindividuality along the Spinoza-Marx Encounter: A Conversation


  • Bram Wiggers Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Jason Read University of Southern Maine



Critique, Marx, Spinoza, Transindividuality


Ever since the publication of Read’s The Politics of Transindividuality (2015), the academic interest in transindividuality has steadily mounted. In this conversation, Bram Wiggers and Jason Read discuss the current state of affairs around the concept of transindividuality. The conversation begins with a definition of transindividuality and discusses what sets the term apart from other philosophies of social individuation. Having defined the concept of transindividuality, the conversation then engages with the question of how transindividuality can be adopted as a means of social-political critique. First, Bram and Jason discuss how transindividuality is evoked but not explicitly mentioned in the social-political critiques of Spinoza and Marx. Secondly, the conversation takes up the social-political critiques of Paolo Virno and Bernard Stiegler who make explicit use of transindividuality. Central to the later parts of the conversation is the complicated interrelation between the political and economic domains of individuation, as well as the tendency of collective modes of representation to be effaced and obscured by (neoliberal) individualism and the post-Fordist conditions of labor. Overall, the conversation highlights the relevance of transindividuality for social-political philosophical critique.

Author Biographies

Bram Wiggers, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Bram Wiggers is a recent graduate of the Research Master Philosophy at the UvA. His areas of interest include social and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, and critical theory. In his Master’s thesis, titled Individuation in Light of Notions of Power and Control: An Interdisciplinary Transindividual Approach to post-Fordist Individuation, Bram adopts the conceptual vocabulary of transindividuality to assess the conditions of individuation under post-Fordist capitalism using an interdisciplinary approach that aims to connect the economics of post-Fordism to the philosophy of transindividuality. Currently, Bram is working to rewrite chapters of his MA thesis into publishable articles.

Jason Read, University of Southern Maine

Jason Read completed his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2001, with a dissertation titled The Production of Subjectivity: Marx and Contemporary Continental Thought. His most recently published book, The Politics of Transindividuality (2015), engages with the thought of transindividuality and develops its use for social-political critique. His areas of scholarship include social and political philosophy, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, critical theory, philosophy of history, and Spinoza studies. Currently, Jason is working on two book publications, The Double Shift: Marx and Spinoza on the Ideology and Politics of Work (New York: Verso, 2023) and The Production of Subjectivity: Marx and Philosophy (Leiden: Brill 2022/Chicago: Haymarket, 2023).



How to Cite

Wiggers, Bram, and Jason Read. 2022. “Thinking Transindividuality Along the Spinoza-Marx Encounter: A Conversation”. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 42 (1):93-107.