Thomas Berns

Professor of Philosophy

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Thomas Berns teaches political philosophy and ethics at the “Université Libre de Bruxelles.” He spent a long time developing his researches at the Perelman Center (law philosophy) and he is now managing the PHI – Research center in philosophy of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is member of the redaction comities of the magazines Multitudes (Paris) and Dissensus (Liège).

Philosopher in politics, law, and norms he is the author of Violence de la loi à la Renaissance (Paris, Kimé, 2000), Droit, souveraineté et gouvernementalité (Paris, Léo Scheer, 2005), Gouverner sans gouverner:Une archéologie politique de la statistique (PUF, 2009), and the co-author of Responsabilités des entreprises et corégulation, (Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2007) and of Du courage: Une histoire philosophique (Editions des Belles Lettres, 2010).

His work today is based on the political thought in the Renaissance and at the beginning of the modernity, and on the general question of war in philosophy, on the new forms of normativity and statistical control as well as on government through reports.