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Professor Peter Hallward

Professor of modern european philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.

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Peter is based within the university's Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, which moved from its former home at Middlesex University to Kingston in 2010.  The CRMEP is the leading centre for postgraduate level study and doctoral research in Continental Philosophy in the London area.   

At Kingston Peter can be found lecturing not only on some of the great German philosophers but also on recent and contemporary French philosophy - he has a special interest in the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Gilles Deleuze, Alan Badiou and Michel Foucault.  

An accomplished media commentator, he is the author of a number of books on his subject, as well as having an additional interest in Haiti: "Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment" was published by Verso in 2007. Following the earthquake the book was republished in 2011 with a new afterword.

He is a member of the "Radical Philosophy" editorial collective, and a contributing editor of "Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities."


Year gained Subject
1997 Yale University, PhD in French and Africian-American Studies. Distinction.
1994 Yale University, PhD in French Studies. Distinction.
1991 Oxford University. BA in French and Modern History. Double First Class Honours.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2010 Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.
2005 - 2010 Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University.
2004 Reader in French Thought and Literature, French Department, King's College, London.
1999 - 2004 Lecturer in French Studies, French Department, King's College, London.
1997 - 1999 Post-doctoral fellow, Centre for Modern European Thought, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.



Hallward, Peter (2010) The land that wouldn't lie.2 New Statesman, ISSN (print) 1364-7431

Hallward, Peter (2010) The land that wouldn't lie: foreign intervention in Haiti.3 HaitiAnalysis,

Hallward, Peter (2010) Our role in Haiti's plight.4 The Guardian, p. 35.

Hallward, Peter (2009) Book review of: Migrant revolutions: Haitian literature, globalization, and US imperialism by Valerie Kaussen.5 Journal of Haitian Studies, 15(1 & 2), ISSN (print) 1090-3488

Hallward, Peter (2009) Lyonel Trouillot, or the fictions of formal democracy.6 Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 13(3), pp. 174-185. ISSN (print) 0799-0537

Hallward, Peter (2009) Radical politics and political will.7 Radical Politics Today,

Hallward, Peter (2009) The will of the people: notes towards a dialectical voluntarism.8 Radical philosophy(155), pp. 17-29. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2008) Anything is possible: Book Review of After finitude by Quentin Meillassoux.9 Radical philosophy(152), pp. 51-57. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2008) Book Review of De quoi Sarkozy est-il le nom? Circonstances by Alain Badiou.10 Radical philosophy(149), pp. 50-52. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2008) L'hypothese communiste d'Alain Badiou. Book review of: De quoi Sarkozy est-il le nom? by Alain Badiou.11 La Revue Internationale des Livres et des Idees, 5,

Hallward, Peter (2008) Order and event: on Badiou's Logics of worlds.12 New Left Review(53), pp. 97-122. ISSN (print) 0028-6060

Hallward, Peter (2007) Aristide and the violence of democracy. Book review of: The prophet and power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the international community and Haiti.13 Haiti Liberte, 1-3,

Hallward, Peter (2007) A Haitian boat disaster.14 Radical philosophy(145), pp. 53-55. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2007) An interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide.15 London Review of Books, 29(4), pp. 9-13. ISSN (print) 0260-9592

Hallward, Peter (2007) Jean-Luc Nancy and the implosion of thought.16 Oxford Literary Review(27), pp. 159-180. ISSN (print) 0305-1498

Hallward, Peter (2006) Book Review of: The fragmentary demand: an introduction to the philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy by Ian James.17 Radical philosophy(139), pp. 53-55. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2006) Book Review of: Voicing memory: history and subjectivity in French Caribbean literature by Nick Nesbitt.18 French Forum, 31(3), p. 170. ISSN (print) 0098-9355

Hallward, Peter (2006) Staging equality: on Ranciere's theatrocracy.19 New Left Review(37), pp. 109-129. ISSN (print) 0028-6060

Hallward, Peter (2006) Voting for hope: elections in Haiti.20 Radical philosophy(138), pp. 2-8. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2005) Beyond salvage.21 South Atlantic Quarterly, 104(2), pp. 237-244. ISSN (print) 0038-2876

Hallward, Peter (2005) Book review of Modernity disavowed: Haiti and the cultures of slavery in the age of revolution by Sibylle Fischer.22 Radical philosophy(134), pp. 51-53. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2005) Depending on inconsistency: Badiou's answer to the "Guiding question of all contemporary philosophy".23 Polygraph(17), pp. 7-21. ISSN (print) 1533-9793

Hallward, Peter (2005) The politics of prescription.24 South Atlantic Quarterly, 104(4), pp. 769-789. ISSN (print) 0038-2876

Hallward, Peter (2004) Enough imperial crusades.25 The Guardian, p. 17. ISSN (print) 0261-3077

Hallward, Peter (2004) Haitian inspiration: notes on the bicentenary of independence.26 Radical philosophy(123), pp. 2-7. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2004) Option zero in Haiti.27 New Left Review(27), pp. 23-47. ISSN (print) 0028-6060

Hallward, Peter (2004) Why they had to crush Aristide: Haiti's elected leader was regarded as a threat by France and the US.28 The Guardian, p. 24. ISSN (print) 0261-3077

Hallward, Peter (2003) 'Everything is real': Gilles Deleuze and creative univocity.29 New Formations, 49, pp. 61-74. ISSN (print) 0950-2378

Hallward, Peter (2003) Preamble.30 Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 8(2), pp. 1-32. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Hallward, Peter (2002) Badiou's politics: equality and justice.31 Culture machine(4), ISSN (online) 1465-4121

Hallward, Peter (2002) Book Review of: Dictionnaire Marx contemporain by Jacques Bidet & Eustache Kouvelakis (eds.).32 Radical philosophy(112), pp. 47-49. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2002) Book Review of: French philosophy in the twentieth century by G. Gutting.33 Modern and Contemporary France, 10(3), pp. 406-407. ISSN (print) 0963-9489

Hallward, Peter (2002) To have done with justification.34 Radical philosophy(114), pp. 29-31. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2001) Book Review of: Deleuze and literature by I. Buchanan and J. Marks (eds.).35 Modern and Contemporary France, 9(3), pp. 386-387. ISSN (print) 0963-9489

Hallward, Peter (2001) Mystifications of Paris. Book Review of: The mediocracy: French philosophy since the mid-1970s.36 New Left Review, 11, pp. 138-146. ISSN (print) 0028-6060

Hallward, Peter (2001) Whose war?37 Radical philosophy(110), pp. 55-56. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2000) Ethics without others: a reply to Critchley on Badiou's Ethics.38 Radical philosophy(102), pp. 27-30. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Hallward, Peter (2000) The limits of individuation, or how to distinguish Deleuze from Foucault.39 Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 5(2), pp. 93-111. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Hallward, Peter (2000) The singular and the specific: recent French philosophy.40 Radical philosophy(99), pp. 6-18. ISSN (print) 0300-211X


Hallward, Peter (2007) Damming the flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the politics of containment.41 London, U.K. : Verso. 442p. ISBN 9781844671069

Hallward, Peter (2006) Out of this world: Deleuze and the philosophy of creation.42 London, U.K. : Verso. 199p. ISBN 9781844675555

Hallward, Peter, ed. (2004) Think again: Alain Badiou and the future of philosophy.43 London, U.K. : Continuum. 270p. ISBN 9780826459060

Hallward, Peter (2003) Badiou: a subject to truth.44 London, U.K. : University of Minnesota Press. 467p. ISBN 0816634602

Hallward, Peter (2002) Absolutely postcolonial: writing between the singular and the specific.45 Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. 433p. ISBN 0719061261

Badiou, Alain and Hallward, Peter (2001) Ethics: an essay on the understanding of evil.46 London, U.K. : Verso. 166p. ISBN 9781859844359

Media Highlights

Peter has given numerous broadcast interviews on television and radio (including BBC, Al-Jazeera and Democracy Now!) and contributed editorials to The Guardian, The New Statesman, Times Higher Education and specialist journals.


Conference Highlights

Peter has been an invited lecturer and principal conference contributor around the world, presenting in the UK, America, Canada, Iceland, France and Slovenia.

Academic Accolades

AHRB Research Leave award, Spring 2004.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship 1998 (declined in favour of KCL lectureship).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Postdoctoral Fellowship 1987-1998 (held at Queen Mary, University of London).

Marguerite Peyre Fellowship 1997, for the best dissertation submitted to the Yale French department.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 1995-1996.

De la Luzerne Prize Fellowship, Yale University (awarded to a first-year student in the French Department), 1991.

Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1991 cohort.

Matthew Arnold History Prize, Oxford University, for best undergraduate thesis in School of Modern History, 1991.

1989-1990, Fontenay Scholarship [studentship at L'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Fontenay/St. Cloud, awarded by Oxford University].

Balliol College Scholarship (1988-1991), Oxford University.

Kington-Oliphant Prize in History (Balliol College, Oxford, 1989).

Jenkyns Prize in History and Economics (Balliol College, Oxford, 1988).

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