Professor Howard Caygill


I studied at the Universities of Bristol, Sussex and Oxford and have taught at the University of East Anglia and Goldsmiths College, University of London.  I have published work on Kant, 20th century philosophy, aesthetics and political philosophy. 

Academic responsibilities

Professor of Modern European Philosophy


  • DPhil
  • MA
  • BSc

Teaching and learning


I research in the fields of the history of philosophy, political philosophy and the critique of metaphysics.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 83.


Caygill, Howard (2022) The natural philosophical essay : reflections on a genre. Philosophy & Rhetoric, 55(3), pp. 303-311. ISSN (print) 0031-8213

Caygill, Howard (2021) Harold Wager and the photography of plants. photographies, 14(3), pp. 505-519. ISSN (print) 1754-0763

Caygill, Howard (2021) Heidegger and the automatic Earth image. Philosophy Today, 65(2), pp. 325-338. ISSN (print) 0031-8256

Caygill, Howard (2016) Bildung and strategy : the fate of the 'beautiful sciences'. Radical Philosophy(196), pp. 9-13. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Palacios, Margarita and Caygill, Howard (2016) Review exchange: resistance today. European Political Science, 15(1), pp. 130-137. ISSN (print) 1680-4333

Caygill, Howard (2015) Artaud-Immunity : Derrida and the Momo. Derrida Today, 8(2), pp. 113-135. ISSN (print) 1754-8500

Agnew, Eadaoin, Alliez, Eric, Auerbach, Paul, Blackburn, Robert, Botting, Fred, Brady, Mary, Caygill, Howard, Chadwick, Howard, Chanter, Tina, Choat, Simon, Chu, Jonathan, Cinpoes, Radu, Coultas, Valerie, Dines, Martin, Dixon, Paul, Favretto, Ilaria, Finn, Peter, Giaxoglou, Korina, Goldsmith, Carlie, Hallward, Peter, Hawkins, Sue, Haywood, Peter, Higginbottom, Andrew, Ichijo, Atsuko, Isaac, Marina, Jensen, Meg, Kayyali, Reem, Kettyle, Ann, Lambrou, Marina, Latimer, Amanda, Linton, Marisa, Lipsedge, Karen, Malabou, Catherine, O Maoilearca, John, McQuillan, Martin, Micklethwaite, Paul, Morgan Wortham, Simon, O'Brien, Catherine, Osborne, Peter, Pinnock, Winsome, Piper, Jason, Ponto, Maria, Raphael, Sam, Reid, Trish, Roberts, Mike, Rogers, David, Sandford, Stella, Searby, Michael, Siddiki, Jalal Uddin, Smart, Jackie, Spencer, Philip, Stockhammer, Engelbert, Stuart, John, Suess, Eleanor, Swift, Allan, Upstone, Sara, Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic, Wells, Julian and Wilson, Scott (2014) Education should be a right for all. The Guardian,

Caygill, Howard (2012) Also Sprach Zapata: philosophy and resistance. Radical philosophy(171), pp. 19-26. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Caygill, Howard (2011) Kafka and The Missing Photograph. Photographies, 4(1), pp. 89-103. ISSN (print) 1754-0763

Caygill, Howard (2011) The fate of the pariah: Arendt and Kafka's 'Nature Theatre of Oklahoma'. College Literature, 38(1), pp. 1-14. ISSN (print) 0093-3139

Caygill, Howard (2010) Levinas’s prison notebooks. Radical philosophy(160), pp. 27-35. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Caygill, Howard (2009) The Apostate Messiah: Scholem, Taubes and the Occlusions of Sabbatai Zevi. Journal for Cultural Research, 13(3-4), pp. 191-205. ISSN (print) 1479-7585

Benjamin, Andrew and Caygill, Howard (2009) Of Force. Parallax, 15(2), pp. 1-3. ISSN (print) 1353-4645

Caygill, Howard (2007) Life and energy. Theory, Culture & Society, 24(6), pp. 19-27. ISSN (print) 0263-2764

Caygill, Howard (2007) The promise of justice. Radical philosophy(143), pp. 23-31. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Caygill, Howard (2007) Technology and the Propitiation of Chance. Parallax, 13(4), pp. 78-91. ISSN (print) 1353-4645

Caygill, Howard (2006) From Abstraction to Wunsch: The Vocabulaire Européen des Philosophies. Radical philosophy(138), pp. 10-14. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Caygill, Howard (2006) Phenomenologists of the One God : Levinas and Corbin. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 37(1), pp. 53-61. ISSN (print) 0007-1773

Caygill, Howard (2006) Witness and calumny in Levinas's prophetic politics. Etudes Phenomenologiques, 22(43-44), pp. 19-36. ISSN (print) 0773-7912

Caygill, Howard (2006) Under the Epicurean skies. Angelaki, 11(3), pp. 107-115. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Caygill, Howard (2005) The force of Kant's Opus postumum. Angelaki, 10(1), pp. 33-42. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Caygill, Howard (2005) Agitation and the visible. Parallax, 11(4), pp. 116-124. ISSN (print) 1353-4645

Caygill, Howard (2005) Bearing Witness to the Infinite: Nancy and Levinas. Journal for Cultural Research, 9(4), pp. 351-357. ISSN (print) 1479-7585

Caygill, Howard (2004) Braudel's Prison Notebooks. History Workshop Journal, 57(1), pp. 151-160. ISSN (print) 1363-3554

Caygill, Howard (2002) Barthes and the lesson of Saenredam. diacritics, 32(1), pp. 38-48. ISSN (print) 0300-7162

Caygill, Howard (2002) Digital Lascaux: The Beginning in the End of the Aesthetic. Angelaki, 7(1), pp. 19-26. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Caygill, Howard (2001) Uber Erfindung und Neuerfindungen der Asthetik. Deutsche Zeitschrift fuer Philosophie, 49(2), pp. 233-242. ISSN (print) 0012-1045

Caygill, Howard (2001) Perpetual Police?: Kosovo and the elision of police and military violence. European Journal of Social Theory, 4(1), pp. 73-80. ISSN (print) 1368-4310

Caygill, Howard (2000) Levinas’s political judgement: The Esprit articles 1934–1983. Radical philosophy(104), pp. 6-15. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Caygill, Howard (1998) The Broken Hegel: Gillian Rose's retrieval of speculative philosophy. Women: A Cultural Review, 9(1), pp. 19-27. ISSN (print) 0957-4042


Caygill, Howard, ed. (2021) Vocations of the political : Mario Tronti and Max Weber. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : CRMEP Books. 144p. (3) ISBN 9781999333768

Caygill, Howard (2020) Force and understanding : essays on philosophy and resistance. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 256p. ISBN 9781350107861 (In Press)

Caygill, Howard (2017) Kafka: in light of the accident. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 264p. ISBN 9781472595423

Caygill, Howard (2013) On resistance: a philosophy of defiance. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. 264p. ISBN 9781472522580

Caygill, Howard (2002) Levinas and the political. London, U.K. : Routledge. 240p. (Thinking the Political) ISBN 9780415112482

Caygill, Howard (1998) Walter Benjamin: the colour of experience. London, U.K. : Routledge. 167p. ISBN 0415089581

Caygill, Howard (1995) A Kant dictionary. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell. 464p. (Blackwell Philosopher Dictionaries Series) ISBN 9780631175353

Caygill, Howard (1989) Art of judgment. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell Publishers. 440p. ISBN 9780631165965

Book Section

Caygill, Howard (2022) Scotus’s disjunctive transcendental and its anthropological afterlife. In: Osborne, Peter, (ed.) Afterlives : transcendentals, universals, others. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : CRMEP Books. pp. 3-17. (CRMEP Books, 4) ISBN 9781999333782

Caygill, Howard (2019) Taste and civil society. In: Babich, Babette, (ed.) Reading David Hume’s 'Of the Standard of Taste'. Berlin : De Gruyter. pp. 177-212. ISSN (print) 9783110585346

Caygill, Howard (2018) The spirit of resistance and its fate. In: Zantvoort, Bart and Comay, Rebecca, (eds.) Hegel and resistance: history, politics and dialectics. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 81-100. (Bloomsbury studies in continental philosophy) ISBN 9781350003644

Caygill, Howard (2016) Benjamin's natural theology. In: Dickinson, Colby and Symons, Stephane, (eds.) Walter Benjamin and Theology. New York, U.S. : Fordham University Press. pp. 144-163. (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy) ISBN 9780823270170

Caygill, Howard (2016) Bataille and the neanderthal extinction. In: Stronge, Will, (ed.) Georges Bataille and contemporary thought. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 239-264. ISBN 9781474268691

Caygill, Howard (2015) Arcanum: the secret life of state and civil society. In: Dwivedi, Divya and V, Sanil, (eds.) The Public Sphere From Outside the West. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 21-40. ISBN 9781472571939

Caygill, Howard (2015) Tableaux for a massacre: Shatila, Thursday-Sunday 16-19 September 1982. In: Stewart, Christopher and Teichmann, Esther, (eds.) Staging disorder. London, U.K. : Black Dog Publishing. pp. 29-33. ISBN 9781910433157

Caygill, Howard (2014) Levinas and Shakespeare. In: Bates, Jennifer Ann and Wilson, Richard, (eds.) Shakespeare and continental philosophy. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 145-151. ISBN 9780748694945

Caygill, Howard (2013) Hyperaesthesia and the virtual. In: Mullarkey, John and De Mille, Charlotte, (eds.) Bergson and the art of immanence. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748670222

Caygill, Howard (2011) Historiography and political theology: Momigliano and the end of history. In: Lianeri, Alexandra, (ed.) The Western Time of Ancient History: Historiographical Encounters with the Greek and Roman Pasts. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 99-116. ISBN 9780521883139

Caygill, Howard (2011) Kafka and Derrida 'Before the Laws'. In: Kordela, A. Kiarina and Vardoulakis, Dimitris, (eds.) Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages. New York, U.S.A. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 49-62. (Studies in European Culture and History) ISBN 9780230113428

Caygill, Howard (2011) Ottoman Baroque: the limits of style. In: Hills, Helen, (ed.) Rethinking the Baroque. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 65-82. ISBN 9780754666851

Caygill, Howard (2010) Medicina mentis: medicine and the origins of modern philosophy. In: Westerhof, Danielle, (ed.) The alchemy of medicine and print: The Edward Worth Library, Dublin. Dublin, Ireland : Four Courts Press. pp. 193-213. ISBN 9781846822285

Caygill, Howard (2010) Physiological memory systems. In: Alexander, Sally , Caygill, Howard , Feuchtwang, Stephan , Hodgkin, Kate , Labanyi, Jo , Papoulias, Constantina and Terdiman, Richard, (eds.) Memory. New York, U.S.A. : Fordham University Press. pp. 227-234. ISBN 9780823232604

Caygill, Howard (2010) Physiological memory systems. In: Radstone, Susannah and Schwarz, Bill, (eds.) Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. New York, U.S.A. : Fordham University Press. ISBN 9780823232598

Caygill, Howard (2010) Walter Benjamin's concept of allegory. In: Copeland, Rita and Struck, Peter T., (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Allegory. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 241-253. (Cambridge Companions to Literature) ISBN 9780521862295

Caygill, Howard (2008) Kafka's Exit: Exile, Exodus and Messianism. In: De Bolla, Peter and Uhlig, Stefan H., (eds.) Aesthetics and the work of art : Adorno, Kafka, Richter. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 126-146. (Language, discourse, society) ISBN 9780230549197

Caygill, Howard (2008) 'Mnemosyne' and 'The Arcades': Warburg and Benjamin's legacy. In: Alvares, Claudia, (ed.) Representing Culture: Essays on Identity, Visuality and Technology. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 179-188. ISBN 9781847186867

Caygill, Howard (2008) The destruction of art. In: Costello, Diarmuid and Willsdon, Dominic, (eds.) The life and death of images: ethics and aesthetics. London, U.K. : Tate Publishing. pp. 162-173. ISBN 9781854376589

Kant, Immanuel, Caygill, Howard [Author-contributor] and Benham, Gary [Author-contributor] (2007) Introduction. In: Smith, Norman Kemp, (ed.) Critique of Pure Reason. 2nd ed. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. v-xxii. ISBN 9780230013384

Caygill, Howard (2007) Levinas's Silence. In: Diamantides, Marinos, (ed.) Levinas, Law, Politics. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge-Cavendish. pp. 83-92. ISBN 9781904385615

Caygill, Howard (2007) Soul and cosmos in Kant: a commentary upon 'Two things fill the mind'. In: Morgan, Diane and Banham, Gary, (eds.) Cosmopolitics and the emergence of a future. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 213-234. ISBN 9780230001527

Caygill, Howard (2007) Walter Benjamin and Romanticism. In: Spyropoulos, Angeliki, (ed.) Walter Benjamin: images and myths of modernity. Athens, Greece : Alexandria Publications. pp. 93-108. ISBN 9789602213803

Caygill, Howard (2007) The transition problem in Kant's 'Opus Postumum'. In: Goudeli, Kyriaki , Kontos, Pavlos and Patellis, Ioli, (eds.) Kant: making reason intuitive. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 16-27. ISBN 9780230506893

Caygill, Howard (2006) Kant and the relegation of the passions. In: Kahn, Victoria , Saccamano, Neil and Coli, Daniela, (eds.) Politics and the Passions, 1500-1850. Princeton, U.S.A. : Princeton University Press. pp. 217-230. ISBN 9780691118628

Caygill, Howard (2006) Lyric poetry before Auschwitz. In: Cunningham, David and Mapp, Nigel, (eds.) Adorno and Literature. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 69-83. ISBN 9780826487520

Caygill, Howard (2005) Apocatastasis. In: Priebsch, Sara, (ed.) Hultsbruk Ready-maids. Stuttgart, Germany : Akademie Schloss Solitude. ISBN 9783937158105

Caygill, Howard (2005) Crisis and renewal: Husserl's 'Kaizo' articles 1923-24. In: Banham, Gary, (ed.) Husserl and the logic of experience. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 184-201. ISBN 9781403918154

Caygill, Howard (2005) Non-messianic political theology in Benjamin's 'On the concept of history'. In: Benjamin, Andrew, (ed.) Walter Benjamin and history. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 215-226. ISBN 9780826467461

Caygill, Howard (2004) Critical theory and the new thinking: a preliminary approach. In: Kohlenbach, Margarete and Geuss, Raymond, (eds.) The Early Frankfurt School and Religion. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 145-156. ISBN 9781403935571

Caygill, Howard (2004) Levinas's political judgement: the 'Esprit' articles 1934-1983. In: Katz, Claire Elise, (ed.) Emmanuel Levinas. Volume 4: Levinas in Practice. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 85-100. (Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers) ISBN 0415310547

Caygill, Howard (2004) Walter Benjamin's concept of cultural history. In: Ferris, David S., (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 73-96. (Cambridge Companions to Literature) ISBN 9780521793292

Caygill, Howard (2003) The Alexandrian aesthetic. In: Joughin, John J. and Malpas, Simon, (eds.) The new aestheticism. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 99-118. ISBN 0719061385

Caygill, Howard (2003) Kant's apology for sensibility. In: Jacobs, Brian and Kain, Patrick, (eds.) Essays on Kant's anthropology. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 164-193. ISBN 9780521790383

Caygill, Howard (2002) Walter Benjamin. In: Elliott, Anthony and Ray, Larry, (eds.) Key contemporary social theorists. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell Publishers. pp. 65-70. ISBN 9780631219712

Caygill, Howard (2002) Walter Benjamin and art theory. In: Smith, Paul and Wilde, Carolyn, (eds.) A Companion to Art Theory. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell Publishers. pp. 286-291. (Blackwell companions in cultural studies, (5)) ISBN 9780631207627

Caygill, Howard (2000) Life and aesthetic pleasure. In: Rehberg, Andrea and Jones, Rachel, (eds.) The matter of critique : readings in Kant's philosophy. Manchester, U.K. : Clinamen. pp. 79-92. ISBN 9781903083116

Caygill, Howard (2000) Liturgies of fear: biotechnology and culture. In: Adam, Barbara , Beck, Ulrich and Van Loon, Joost, (eds.) The risk society and beyond : critical issues for social theory. London, U.K. : Sage Publications. pp. 155-164. ISBN 0761964681

Caygill, Howard (2000) Reliquary art: Orlan's serial operation. In: Gill, Carolyn Bailey, (ed.) Time and the image. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 48-57. (The Barber Institute's critical perspectives in art history) ISBN 0719058139

Caygill, Howard (2000) Shakespeare's monster of nothing. In: Joughin, John J., (ed.) Philosophical Shakespeares. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 105-114. (Accents on Shakespeare) ISBN 9780415173889

Caygill, Howard (2000) Survival of nihilism. In: Ansell-Pearson, Keith and Morgan, Diane, (eds.) Nihilism now! : monsters of energy. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan Press. pp. 189-197. ISBN 0333732928

Caygill, Howard (2000) Surviving the inhuman. In: Brewster, Scott , Joughin, John J. , Owen, David and Walker, Richard, (eds.) Inhuman reflections: thinking the limits of the human. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 217-229. ISBN 0719053374

Caygill, Howard (2000) The absolute monochrome: a response to Batchelor. In: Osborne, Peter, (ed.) From an aesthetic point of view: philosophy, art and the senses. London, U.K. : Serpent's Tail. pp. 177-181. ISBN 9781852426682

Caygill, Howard (2000) The spiritual daylight of the present: Hegel, Blake and the advent of the spirit. In: Banham, Gary and Blake, Charlie, (eds.) Evil spirits: nihilism and the fate of modernity. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 195-201. (Angelaki Humanities) ISBN 071905642X

Scholarly Edition

Cacciari, Massimo and Caygill, Howard [Author-contributor] (2018) The withholding power : an essay on political theology. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Press. 240p. ISBN 9781472580481

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