Professor Arthur BradleyProfessor
I am Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. I have also held visiting positions at the University of Durham and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. In recent years, I have given keynote, plenary and invited lectures at the Institute of Philosophy, Ljubljana, the University of Toronto, Georgetown University, the University of Geneva, the University of Uppsala, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Cracow and Charles University amongst others.
I work at the intersection between comparative literature, philosophy, theology and political theory. To begin with my current work, my monograph Unbearable Life: A Genealogy of Political Erasure is forthcoming in the Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture series with Columbia University Press in 2019. In a series of readings of the political theological tradition from Augustine of Hippo, through Shakespeare, Hobbes, Robespierre, Benjamin and Schmitt, up to Foucault, Unbearable Life argues that sovereignty is neither the power to make die and let live (as the ancient Roman formula puts it) nor the power to make live and let die (as Foucault’s reversal of the Roman dictum puts it) but the power to make life neither live nor die.
I am the author of 4 earlier monographs. Firstly, Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2004) explores the place of negative theology in the work of Jacques Derrida, Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault and Jean-Luc Marion. Secondly, Derrida’s Of Grammatology: An Indiana Philosophical Guide (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008) is the first critical guide to one of Jacques Derrida’s most significant and influential works. To turn to my more recent work, The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11 (Bloomsbury, 2010) (co-author Andrew Tate) is an analysis of the literary reception of the “New Atheism” in the work of such novelists as Ian McEwan, Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie. This book was described as 'paradigm-shifting' by the Times Higher Education Supplement and it has also been positively reviewed in The Journal of Modern Literature, Choice, Religious Studies Review and the Journal of Contemporary Religion. Finally, Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) is a genealogy of deconstructive philosophy of technology and includes readings of Marx and Engels, Freud, Heidegger, Lacan, Derrida and Stiegler. In his endorsement, J. Hillis Miller describes it as 'essential reading' and the book has also been positively reviewed in Radical Philosophy, Choice, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory and New Formations.
I have published articles and essays on modern European philosophy, political theory, religious studies, theology and comparative literature in: The Review of Politics, Telos, Paragraph, Textual Practice, Problemi, Political Theology, Law, Culture and the Humanities, The Yearbook of English Studies, Journal for Cultural Research, English Studies, Literature and Theology and Theology & Sexuality. I have also co-edited 4 collections of essays including most recently two volumes on the messianic in contemporary philosophy: The Politics to Come: Power, Modernity and the Messianic (London: Bloomsbury 2010) and The Messianic Now: Religion, Politics, Culture (London: Routledge, 2011).
I am co-director with Simon Swift (University of Geneva) of a new interdisciplinary research network on critical theory called the Northern Theory School. In 2015, we launched the book series Futures of the Archive: Theory, Criticism, Crisis (Rowman and Littllefield International). Please see the School's website for further information:https://www.northerntheoryschool.co.uk.
I am also co-editing a new book series with Ward Blanton (Kent), Michael Dillon (Lancaster) and Yvonne Sherwood (Kent) entitled Political Theologies (Bloomsbury). This series publishes new and classic works on political theology by Massimo Cacciari, Elettra Stimilli, Hent de Vries, Michel de Certeau, Regis Debray and Andrew Gibson amongst others. Please see the series website for further information: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/political-theologies/.
In 2019, I am working on a number of research projects, including a new monograph on the political theology of liberal democracy which is provisionally entitled The Will to Live: Liberalism, Martyrdom, Modernity.
Unbearable Life: A Genealogy of Political Erasure (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2019).
Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. viii +202.
The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11 (co-authored with Andrew Tate) (London: Bloomsbury, 2010), pp. ix +136.
Derrida’s Of Grammatology: An Indiana Philosophical Guide (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008), pp. 166.
Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy (London and New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. xiii + 244.
The Messianic Now: Religion, Philosophy, Culture ed. by Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher (London: Routledge, 2011), pp. vi + 208.
The Politics to Come: Power, Modernity and the Messianic ed. by Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher (London: Continuum, 2010), pp. xii + 225.
Technicity ed. by Arthur Bradley and Louis Armand (Prague: Charles University Press, 2007), pp ix + 330.
Romantic Biography ed. by Arthur Bradley and Alan Rawes (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), pp. xvi + 226.
Edited special issues of journals:
'Carl Schmitt, Political Theology and Modernity', special issue of The Journal for Cultural Research ed. by Arthur Bradley, Antonio Cerella and William Rasch 20: 3 (2016), pp. 328.
'The Messianic Now', special double issue of The Journal for Cultural Research ed. by Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher 13: 3-4 (2009), pp. 208.
Select recent journal articles and chapters:
'Dismembered: Citizen Sacrifice in Rousseau's "The Levite of Ephraim"'. Review of Politics. Forthcoming, 2019.
'Terrors of Theory: Critical Theory of Terror from Kojève to Žižek’. Telos. Forthcoming, 2019.
‘Jus Puniendi: La questione della pena in Foucault, Agamben ed Esposito’ in Teologia e Politica ed. Elettra Stimilli (Roma: Quodlibet, 2019)
'Illusions of the Future: Ishiguro, Liberalism, Political Theology'. Political Theology 19: 7 (2018). pp. 1-5
'In the Sovereign Machine: Sovereignty, Governmentality, Automaticity’. Journal for Cultural Research. May 03, 2018. DOI: 10.1080/14797585.2018.1461359.
‘Accelerator despite itself: Credo, Crisis, Katechon’ in Credo, Credit, Crisis: Reflections on Faith and Money ed. by Aidan Tynan, Laurent Milesi and Christopher John Müller (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017), pp. 65-84.
'Odnarejeno: Benjamin in prihodnost preteklosti’. Problemi, 55: 3-4 (2017), 177–199.
‘Let the Lord the Judge be Judge: Hobbes and Locke on Jephthah, Liberalism, Martyrdom’. Law, Culture and the Humanities, May 16, 2017. DOI: 10.1177/1743872117708352.
'"Untimely Ripp’d": Shakespeare, Sovereignty and Unbearable Life’. English Studies. Special issue on Shakespeare and Theory ed. by François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory 94: 7 (2013), pp. 788-98.
'Real Time: Bernard Stiegler and the Politics of Digitalization' in French Visual Theory: A Critical Reader ed. by Nigel Saint and Andy Stafford (Manchester: MUP, 2013), pp. 278-98.
2016: Award of £1,829. Principal Investigator on ‘Futures of Political Theology: A Research Collaboration between Lancaster University and the Scuola Normale Superiore’. Faculty Research Internationalization Fund.
2016: Award of £2,455. Principal Investigator on ‘The Body of War: Drones and Lone Wolves.’ Faculty Research Fund.
2010: Award of £97, 408. Co-investigator on 'Islamism in Arabic Fiction and Film’. AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme. Research outcomes included: online database; 2 scholarly articles and a major international conference.
2007: Award of £4,000. Principal investigator on 'The Messianic Now: Religion, Philosophy, Politics’. Lancaster University Small Grants Scheme. Research outcomes included: international conference; special issue of Journal of Cultural Research (Taylor & Francis) and edited collection (Continuum).
KEYNOTE, PLENARY AND INVITED LECTURES:
“In the Sovereign Machine: Sovereignty, Governmentality, Automaticity’. Keynote lecture. Derrida and Technology/Derrida et technologie. Columbia Global Center. Paris. 2019.
'Dismembered: Citizen Sacrifice in Rousseau's 'The Levite of Ephraim'. Plenary Lecture. The End(s) of Political Theology. International symposium. Institute of Philosophy. Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2018.
'What is a Slave? Genealogy of an Artificial Life'. Keynote lecture. Artificial Lives: Imagining Life. International symposium. University of Sussex, 2017.
‘Terrors of Theory: Between Kojève and Žižek’. Plenary lecture. Thinking the Event: Politics, Philosophy, Culture. Doctoral workshop. University of Agder, Norway, 2017.
‘Past Imperfect: Benjamin and the Future of the Past’. Invited symposium paper. Futures of Political Theology. International symposium. Kingston University, London, 2017.
‘Uncommon: Hobbes and Theoliberalism’. Plenary lecture. Agamben and Decadence. Interntional symposium. University of Nottingham, 2017.
'Futures of the Past; Benjamin, Psychonanalysis, Messianism'. Plenary lecture. Transformations of Psychoanalysis, Doctoral workshop. University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016.
'Theoliberalism'. Invited seminar paper. Freedom after Neo-Liberalism. Seminar series. University of York, 2016.
'Two Become One: On Roberto Esposito's Two'. Invited paper at roundtable on Roberto Esposito's Two: The Machine of Political Theology and the Place of Thought. Interntional symposium. Lancaster University, 2016.
'Undone: Benjamin and the Past to Come'. Invited lecture. Conference Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale. University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2016.
'How Many Children Had Lady Macbeth?: Shakespeare, Time, Terror'. Invited lecture. University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 2016.
'Uncommonwealth: The Martyr and the Subject in Hobbes'. Invited lecture. School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Qatar, 2015.
'Accelerator Despite Itself? Paul, Schmitt and the Katechon'. Invited lecture with responses by Oliver Davies (KCL) and Michael Scott (LSE). Paul, Wonder and World. Workshop. Kihg's College London, 2015.
‘Understanding the World: Religious and Secular Perspectives’. Invited discussion with Kenan Malik. LSE Space for Thought Festival. London School of Economics, 2014.
‘Uncommon: Hobbes and Martyrdom’, Uncommon Wealths: Riches and Realities, 15th Triennial Conference for the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. University of Innsbruck, Austria, 2014.
'Cities of Cacus: Sovereignty, Monstrosity and Terror’. Invited seminar paper. University of Toronto, Canada, 2013.
'Incorruptible: On Terror’s Two Bodies’. Keynote lecture. Terrorism and the Literary Imagination. International symposium. University of Uppsala, Sweden, 2012
'Unbearable Life: Literature, Sovereignty, Biopolitics’. Keynote lecture. Desire, Literature, Culture. International symposium. University of Malta, 2012.
'"Untimely Ripp’d": Shakespeare, Sovereignty and Unbearable Life’. Invited symposium paper. Shakespeare’s Imagined Orient. International symposium. American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2011
'Israel’s Vietnam: Framing the Lebanon War’. Invited symposium paper. Terrorism Through the Lens of Literature. International symposium. University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2010.
'Uncreated: The Beast and the Sovereign in Augustine and Derrida’. Invited symposium paper. Traces of Judaism in Contemporary Thought. International symposium. University of Cracow, Poland, 2010.
'Poetics of the New Atheism’. Plenary lecture. After Atheism: Literature, Science, Belief. International symposium. Lancaster University, 2010.
'City of Cacos: Augustine and Radical Evil'. Invited seminar paper. Center for Behavioral Science. American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2009.
'Thinking the Hand: Hapticity, Embodiment and Technology’. Plenary lecture. Beyond Constructionism: Technology, Communication, Community. International symposium. University of Volda, Norway, 2009.
'The Deconstruction of Christianity: On Touching the Frontiers of Theory’. Keynote lecture. Frontiers of Theory: Technicity, Art and the New Media. International symposium. Charles University, Czech Republic, 2007.
Tate, A.W., Bradley, A.H. 12/2019 In: The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction . London : Routledge p. 159-168. 10 p.
Illusions of a Future: Ishiguro, Liberalism, Political Theology
Bradley, A.H. 29/08/2018 In: Political Theology. 19, 7, p. 638-642. 5 p.
Dismembered: Citizen Sacrifice in Rousseau's 'The Levite of Ephraim'
Bradley, A.H. 28/06/2018 In: Review of Politics.
In the Sovereign Machine: Sovereignty, Governmentality, Automaticity
Bradley, A.H. 3/05/2018 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 22, 2, p. 209-223. 15 p.
Terrors of Theory: Critical Theory of Terror from Kojève to Žižek
Bradley, A.H. 16/12/2017 In: Telos.
Let the Lord the Judge be Judge: Hobbes and Locke on Jephthah, Liberalism, Martyrdom
Bradley, A.H. 16/05/2017 In: Law, Culture and the Humanities. 20 p.
Odnarejeno: Benjamin in prihodnost preteklosti
Bradley, A.H. 23/03/2017 In: Problemi. 55, 3-4, p. 177-199. 22 p.
Introduction - the future of political theology and the legacy of Carl Schmitt
Bradley, A.H., Cerella, A. 12/2016 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 20, 3, p. 205-2016. 12 p.
Real time: Bernard Stiegler's politics of digitalization
Bradley, A. 2013 In: Modern French visual theory. Manchester : Manchester University Press ISBN: 9780719081293.
Shelley criticism from deconstruction to the present
Bradley, A. 2013 In: The Oxford handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-955836-0.
Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida
Bradley, A. 2011 Palgrave Macmillan. 202 p. ISBN: 0230576923, 9780230576926 .
The Messianic Now: Religion, Philosophy and Culture
Bradley, A., Fletcher, P. 2011 London : Routledge. 208 p. ISBN: 0415615275, 9780415615273 .
Introduction: writing post-secularity
Tate, A., Bradley, A., Carruthers, J. 2010 In: Spiritual identities. Oxford : Peter Lang p. 1-8. 8 p. ISBN: 9783039119257.
The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11
Bradley, A., Tate, A. 2010 Continuum. 136 p. ISBN: 0826444296, 0826446299 , 9780826444295 , 9780826446299 .
The Politics to Come: Power, Modernity and the Messianic
Bradley, A., Fletcher, P. 2010 London : Continuum. 225 p. ISBN: 1847063152, 9781847063151 .
The impossibility of reading: Bloom, de Man, Derrida
Bradley, A. 2010 In: Reading, writing and Harold Bloom. Manchester : Manchester University Press ISBN: 9780719077012.
The return of the religious
Bradley, A. 2010 In: The Blackwell encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory. London : Wiley Blackwell ISBN: 9781405183123.
The theocracy to come: deconstruction, auto-immunity, Islam
Bradley, A. 2010 In: The politics to come. London : Continuum ISBN: 9781847063151.
The deconstruction of Christianity: from the hand of God to the hand of Man
Bradley, A. 2009 In: Literature, religion and the imagination. London : Continuum ISBN: 9781847064172.
The new atheist novel: literature, religion and terror in Amis and McEwan
Bradley, A. 2009 In: Yearbook of English Studies.
Derrida's Of Grammatology: A Philosophical Guide
Bradley, A. 2008 Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 166 p. ISBN: 0748626123 , 0748626131 , 9780748626120 , 9780748626137.
Derrida's god: A Genealogy of the Theological Turn.
Bradley, A.H. 1/11/2006 In: Paragraph. 29, 3, p. 21-42. 22 p.
'Until death tramples it to fragments' : Shelley and postmodern theology.
Bradley, A. 2006 In: Religion and romanticism from William Cowper to Wallace Stevens.. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 191-206. 16 p.
Originary technicity? : Technology and anthropology.
Bradley, A. 2006 In: Technicity. Prague : Charles University Press p. 786-100. 687 p.
Bradley, A., Armand, L. 2006 Prague : Charles University Press.
Bradley, A., Armand, L. 2006 In: Technicity. Prague : Charles University Press p. 1-15. 15 p.
Deus Ex Machina: Towards a Philosophy of Religion and Technology.
Bradley, A.H. 1/01/2005 In: Comparative Critical Studies. 2, 2, p. 271-284. 14 p.
Bradley, A., McQuillan, M. 2005 In: Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. 13, 1, p. 159-174. 16 p.
The letter giveth: Derrida and Stiegler on faith and technics.
Bradley, A. 2005 In: Mind factory. Prague : Litteraria Pragensia p. 106-119. 14 p. ISBN: 8073081040.
Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy.
Bradley, A.H. 2004 Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-32903-5.
Bradley, A., McQuillan, M. 2004 In: Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. 12, 1, p. 143-165. 23 p.
Bradley, A., Rawes, A. 2003 Aldershot : Ashgate. 202 p. ISBN: 9780754609933.
Thinking the Outside: Foucault, Derrida and the Thought of Negative Theology.
Bradley, A.H. 1/03/2002 In: Textual Practice. 16, 1, p. 56-74. 19 p.
Culture, Politics, Eschatology: A Symposium
21/09/2012 → 22/09/2012
Journal for Cultural Research (Journal)