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Professor Howard Caygill

Professor of Modern European Philosophy


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. 

Areas of specialism

  • History of philosophy
  • 20th century and contemporary philosophy
  • Political philosophy
  • Metaphysics and its critiques


  • DPhil
  • MA
  • BSc


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: 73.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (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 (2016) Bataille and the neanderthal extinction. In: Stronge, Will, (ed.) Georges Bataille and contemporary thought. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781474268691 (In Press)

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 (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 of introduction, etc.] and Benham, Gary [Author of afterword, colophon, etc.] (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, no. 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

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