Prof Richard Beardsworth BA (Hons) University of Cambridge MA University of Sussex DPhil University of Sussex

Prof Richard Beardsworth

Head of Department (International Politics)

Chair in International Politics

E H Carr Chair

Director of Ethics

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Richard Beardsworth joined the department in 2013, formerly Professor of International Theory at Florida International University (2012-2013) and Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations at the American University of Paris (2005-2011). He has also worked in the field of international public policy (OECD, International Energy Agency and UNESCO, Paris). Since turning to international politics as a trained political philosopher, he has become increasingly concerned with the divide between normative and empirical practices in world politics and the lack of global political vision and global leadership that this divide sustains. His intellectual, research and pedagogical interests are all concerned with transcending this divide and fostering political responsibility towards global problems. He is on the editorial board of International Political Theory and is an associate editor of International Relations. He is presently Director of Research and Deputy Head of the Department.



Beardsworth's research interests lie in the relations between morality and politics in world politics. These interests are presently articulated in four important ways: (1) most generally, moving normative theory in the discipline of International Relations towards empirical questions; (2) finding a balance between cosmopolitan concerns regarding humanity as a whole and realist constraints in the emerging global order; (3) elaborating the political responsibility of national governments towards global problems; (4) targeting global leadership.



Beardsworth, R. 2017. Towards a critical concept of the statesperson. Journal of International Political Theory 13 (1) pp. 100-121. 10.1177/1755088216671736 Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2017. The Political Moment: Political Responsibility and Leadership in a Globalized, Fractured Age. Journal of International Relations


Beardsworth, R. 2016 (In press). State Responsibility Towards Climate Change: Convergence of Cosmopolitan and Non-Cosmopolitan Arguments. In R. Beardsworth., G. Brown., R. Shapcott. (eds) The State and Cosmopolitan Responsibility. Oxford University Press, Oxford Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2015. Cosmopolitan Theory and World Politics: An Argument for Cosmopolitan Realism. In N. Soguk., S. G. Nelson. (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations. Taylor & Francis pp. 373-390. Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2015. G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) and International Relations. In R. N. Lebow., P. Shouten., H. Suganami. (eds) Return of the Theorists : Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations. Springer Nature, London pp. 117-125. Cadair

Beardsworth, R.J. 2015. From Moral to Political Responsibility in a Globalized Age. Ethics and International Affairs 29 (1) pp. 71-92. Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2014. ‘Whither Global Governance: Review Essay’. Global Policy 5 (4) pp. 508-511. 10.1111/1758-5899.12175 Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2014. A Secular Response to Political Messianism. In A. Bradley., P. F. . (eds) Politics to Come: Power, Modernity and the Messianic. Continuum Studies in Religion and Political Culture Bloomsbury Publishing pp. 15-25. Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2013. Review of: Just war and international order: The uncivil condition in world politics. International Affairs 89 (6) pp. 1479-1480. 10.1111/1468-2346.12086 Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2013. The social in the global: Social theory, governmentality and global politics. International Affairs 89 (1) Cadair


Beardsworth, R.J. 2012. Political Vision in the Discipline of International Relations. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 40 (3) pp. 541-561. 10.1177/0305829812441868 Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2012. Assessing Cosmopolitan Theory in World Politics. Other Cadair

Brown, C., Beardsworth, R. 2012. Practical Judgment in International Political Theory. Journal of International Political Theory 8 (1-2) pp. 110-111. Cadair

Beardsworth, R.J. 2012. Tragedy, World Politics and Ethical Community. In T. Erskine., R. N. Lebow. (eds) Tragedy and International Relations. Springer Nature pp. 97-111. Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2011. Postmodernism and international relations. Encyclopedia of Political Science. SAGE Publications Other Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2011. Culture and the Specificity of Politics: A Response to Fred Dallmayr. Journal of International Political Theory 7 (2) pp. 239-251. 10.3366/jipt.2011.0019 Other Cadair

Beardsworth, R.J. 2011. Cosmopolitanism and International Relations Theory. Polity, Cambridge Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2010. Technology and Politics: A Response to Bernard Stiegler. Cultural Politics 6 (2) pp. 181-189. 10.2752/175174310X12672016548289 Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2009. Logics of Violence: Religion and the Practice of Philosophy. Cultural Values 4 (2) pp. 137-166. 10.1080/14797580009367192 Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2008. Arendt and Political Moralism. International Politics 45 (4) pp. 506-513. 10.1057/ip.2008.16 Other Cadair

Beardsworth, R.J. 2008. Cosmopolitanism and Realism: Towards a Theoretical Convergence? Millennium: Journal of International Studies 37 (1) pp. 69-96. 10.1177/0305829808093731 Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2007. The Future of Critical Philosophy and World Politics. In M. Fagan., L. Glorieux., I. Hasimbegovic., M. Suetsugu. (eds) Derrida: Negotiating the Legacy . Edinburgh University Press pp. 45-65. Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2007. Tragedy and Ethics in International Relations. Journal of International Relations 22 (1) Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2007. The Irony of Deconstruction and the Example of Marx. In M. McQuillan. (ed) The Politics of Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the other of philosophy . Pluto Press pp. 212-234. Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2006. A Note to a Political Understanding of Love in our Global Age. Contretemps: an online journal of philosophy pp. 2-15. Other Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2006. Modernity in French Thought: The problem of excess from Emmanuel Lévinas to Jacques Derrida. Telos 2006 (137) pp. 67-95. Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2005. The Future of Critical Philosophy and World Politics. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 34 (1) pp. 201-235. Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2005. In Memoriam Jacques Derrida: The Power of Reason. Theory and Event 8 (1) Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 2004. Futures of Spirit - from Hegel to Nietzsche, and Beyond. In T. Rajan., A. Plotnitsky. (eds) Idealism without Absolutes: Philosophy and Romantic Culture. Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory State University of New York Press pp. 219-240. Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R., Lyotard, J. 2000. La Confession d'Augustin. [The Confession of Augustine.] Stanford University Press Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 2000. Nietzsche, Nihilism and Spirit. In K. Ansell Pearson., D. Morgan. (eds) Nihilism Now!: Monsters of Energy. Springer Nature, London pp. 37-69. Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 1999. The Political Art of Procrastination. Parallax 13 (1) Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 1999. Aporia and Phantasm modern law, the tragic and time. Angelaki 4 (1) pp. 37-53. 10.1080/09697259908572014 Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 1999. Technology, Memory, and Value. In F. Brinkhuis., S. Talmor. (eds) Memory, History and Critique: European Identity at the Millennium. International Society for the Study of European Ideas Cadair


Beardsworth, R., Stiegler, B., Collins, G. 1998. Technics et heure: Le défaut d'Épiméthée. [Technics and Time: The Fault of Epimetheus.] Stanford University Press Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 1998. Contemporary Philosophy and Democracy. History of the Human Sciences 11 (1) pp. 129-137. Other Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 1998. Thinking Technicity. Cultural Values 2 (1) pp. 70-86. 10.1080/14797589809359288 Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 1997. Nietzsche (Figures Du Savoir). Les Belles Lettres Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 1996. Derrida and the Political. Thinking the Political Taylor & Francis Other Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 1995. Tel Quel 's Ecriture: Avant-Garde Logic and Time. Paragraph 18 (3) pp. 248-272. 10.3366/para.1995.18.3.248 Cadair

Beardsworth, R. 1995. Deconstruction and Tradition: Catachresis and Techne. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 26 (3) Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 1994. Les frontières du sublime: La déconstruction et la tradition moderne. [The boundaries of the sublime] Le Passage des Frontières: Autour du Travail de Jacques Derrida. Éditions Galilée Cadair


Beardsworth, R. 1992. On the Critical Post: Lyotard’s Political Judgment. In A. Benjamin. (ed) Judging Lyotard. Taylor & Francis Cadair