Howard Caygill

Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics and Visual Culture

Areas of Research

History of Philosophy, Planetary Aesthetics, Aesthetics of Madness, Philosophies of Resistance, Philosophy and Literature


HOWARD CAYGILL is a philosopher and cultural historian who was educated at Bristol, Sussex and Oxford Universities in the UK. Most recently serving on the faculties of Goldsmiths, Kingston and Paris VIII, Howard Caygill is the author of several acclaimed books including A Kant Dictionary, Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience, On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance and most recently Kafka: In Light of the Accident. He is currently working on the philosophy and aesthetics of the anthropocene and the role of philosophy in curating and interpreting the art produced by inmates of mental hospitals during the first half of the Twentieth Century. He lives between Athens and Barton-on-Sea on the coast of England.

Book Publications

Force and Understanding: Writings on Philosophy and Resistance, Steven Howard (ed) (Bloomsbury Press, London 2020)

‘Bacon’s Cynegetic Visions’ in Ben Ware (ed) Francis Bacon: Painting, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis (Thames and Hudson, 2020)

'Judges, Heathscapes and Hazardous Quarries: Kafka and the Repetitive Image Series’ in Espen Hammer (ed) Kafka’s The Trial: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Kafka: In Light of the Accident (Bloomsbury Press, 2017)

On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance (Bloomsbury Press, 2015)

Levinas and the Political (Routledge, 2003)

Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience (Routledge, 1998)

A Kant Dictionary (Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1996)

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