Associate Professor Costica Bradatan

Honorary Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am a Professor of Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Tech University and an Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia. I have also held faculty appointments at Cornell University, University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Miami University, and Arizona State University, as well as at several universities in Europe and Asia.

I work on topics in the history of Western philosophy, Continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of literature and of film. I am the author or editor (co-editor) of several books, among which Dying for Ideas. The dangerous Lives of the Philosophers (Bloomsbury, 2015). I am currently pursuing two new book projects: In Praise of Failure. A Manifesto for Humility (contracted with Harvard University Press) and Against Conformity. Reinventing the Lost Art of Cynicism (contracted with Princetom University Press)

I also write essays, book reviews, and op-eds for such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Australian, The New Statesman, Dissent, Times Literary Supplement, and Times Higher Education, among other places. My work has been translated into a number of languages, including German, Dutch, Italian, Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Farsi.

I am the religion/comparative studies editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as the fouding editor and curator of two book series: "Philosophical Filmmakers" (Bloomsbury) and "No Limits" (Columbia University Press).


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