Dr. Lucilla Guidi

Performance and Language-Games as Transformative Events.
On the Systematic Relation between Aesthetic and Philosophical Exercises

The research project aims to establish a systematic connection between aesthetic and philosophical practices. For this purpose, a phenomenological description of choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir’s somatic performances will be developed in relation to Wittgenstein’s philosophical language-games. The project aims to show that both the somatic practices enacted by the performers and the audience at Guðjónsdóttir’s performances and the practices enacted by readers through Wittgenstein’s language-games are transformative ones. Furthermore, the project aims to show that such transformative practices can be understood neither as the activity of an isolated subject nor as merely passively happenings, which the subject undergoes. Instead, according to the ancient Greek grammatical form of the middle voice, such transformative practices can be revealed to be “events”, since they require embodied exercises, whereby one learns to be actively affected by the opacity and openness of our ordinary practices.



Dr. Lucilla Guidi studied philosophy in Rome and Freiburg and completed a binational (German and Italian) PhD on the performative dimension of Heidegger’s phenomenology in 2014. She was a research assistant and postdoc researcher at the Technische Universität Dresden and visiting scholar at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research focuses on phenomenology, performativity and Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language, conceived of as a praxis.



GUIDI L. Il rovescio del performativo. Studio sulla fenomenologia di Heidegger. Inschibbolleth, Rom, 2016



L. GUIDI, T. RENTSCH Phenomenology as Performative Exercise, Brill, Leiden (2020)
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004420991


Articles in peer-reviewed special issues and journals

GUIDI L. The Pragmatic and Transformative Dimension of Heidegger's Early Method of Formal Indication. Bollettino Filosofico 35 (2020), 83-92.https://doi.org/10.6093/1593-7178/7440

GUIDI L. Sensibility and Situated Understanding. Patocka’s Reassessment of Heidegger’s Phenomenology. Azimuth. Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age, VIII (2020) 15, 129-145.

GUIDI L. Regeln als grundlose Wiederholung der Praxis: Transformation und Krise bei Wittgenstein. In: M. Massa, J. Thompson, S. Knauß, M. Kaufmann (Hrsg.) Regelfolgen, Regelschaffen, Regeländern. Die Herausforderung für Auto-Nomie und Universalismus durch Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger und Carl Schmitt. Peter Lang: Berlin, 2020, pp. 229-246.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3726/b16627

GUIDI L. How to Do things with Rules? Heidegger, Wittgenstein and the Case of Algorithms, Azimuth. Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age, 2/2019, pp. 121-135 DOI 10.1400/275013

GUIDI L. Use as Form-of-Life: Agamben and the Stoics, Filosofia Italiana, Filosofia italiana, XV 2019, 1, pp. 75-88

GUIDI L. Phenomenology as a Transformative Experience. Heidegger and the Grammar of Middle Voice. In: L. Guidi, T. Rentsch (eds), Phenomenology as Performative Exercise, Brill, Leiden, 2020, pp. 79-96
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004420991_007

GUIDI L. The Groundlessness of Praxis in Wittgenstein’s On Certainty: Philosophy as a Transformation of Attitude, Philosophy Study, September 2019, Vol. 9, No. 9, pp. 553-562

GUIDI L. Emotions as Embodied Expressions. Wittgenstein on the Inner Life. In: Humana.mente, Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol 12 No 36 (2019): Beyond the Self: Crisis of Disembodied and Individualistic Paradigms, pp. 146-169

GUIDI L. Die Grundlosigkeit der Praxis in Wittgensteins Über Gewissheit. Kritik als Übung des Kontingenzbewusstseins, in A. Siegetsleitner – A. Oberprantacher – M.-L. Frick (eds), Crisis and Critique: Philosophical Analysis and Current Events, 42. Wittgenstein Symposium 2019, no. XXVII, vol. XXVII, Kirchberg, Die Österreichische Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft, 2019, pp. 86-90

GUIDI L. (2018) Philosophie als Umwendung. Heideggers performativer Gebrauch der formalen Anzeige. In: “Les concepts fondamentaux de l’herméneutique de la facticitté de Heidegger”, AD FONTES. Studien zur frühen Phänomenologie, Bautz, 2018, pp. 46-55.

GUIDI L. Heidegger und Austin: die performative Dimension der Phänomenologie. In: G. Thonhauser (ed.), Perspektiven mit Heidegger, Karl Albert Verlag, Freiburg, 2017 pp. 99-116.

GUIDI L. A Groundless Place to Build. The Ambivalence of Production as a Chance for Action between Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt. In: H.B. Schmid, G. Thonhauser (eds.), From Conventionalism to Social Authenticity, Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality, 10, Springer, Cham, 2017, 179-197.

GUIDI L. (2017) Moods as Groundlessness of the Human Experience. Heidegger and Wittgenstein on Stimmung. Philosophia. Philosophical Quarterly of Israel, 45, 1599–1611(2017)

GUIDI L. Lavoro fatto ad arte. Un dialogo ipotetico tra Richard Sennett e Carlo Sini. In: Pólemos V. 2-3. 49-61 (2010).


Lexicon article

Article „As Structure. Hermeneutical As – Apophantical As“. In: Mark A. Wrathall (Hrsg.) The Cambridge Heidegger Lexicon, Cambridge University Press, New York, 64-67. https://doi.org/10.1017/9780511843778

Article „Transzendenz“. In: G. Figal, N. Mirkovic (Hrsg.), Heidegger-Lexikon, deGruyter, Berlin, New York (in Erscheinung)