Honorary Professor Costica Bradatan

Honorary Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities, Arts 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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Book Chapter

  • Bradatan, Costica and Simon, Ed (2021). Introduction. In The God Beat (pp. 1-7) Minneapolis, MN United States: Broadleaf Books.

  • Costica Bradatan (2020). Taming Time. The Time is Now. (pp. 7-14) edited by Mihaela Gligor. Bucharest, Romania: Zeta Books.

  • Bradatan, Costica (2018). Notes on divine homelessness: a reading of Lars von Trier's Dogville. Immanent frames: postsecular cinema between Malick and von Trier. (pp. 129-147) edited by John Caruana and Mark Cauchi. Albany, NY, United States: SUNY Press.

  • Bradatan, Costica (2014). Entangled in God’s story: a reading of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 'Blind Chance'. Religion in contemporary European cinema: the postsecular constellation. (pp. 74-90) edited by Costica Bradatan and Camil Ungureanu. New York, United States: Routledge.

  • Bradatan, Costica (2014). Introduction: dealing (visibly) in "things not seen". Religion in contemporary European cinema: the postsecular constellation. (pp. 1-9) edited by Costica Bradatan and Camil Ungureanu. New York, United States: Routledege.

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