Prof Richard Beardsworth

BA (Hons) University of Cambridge MA University of Sussex DPhil University of Sussex

Prof Richard Beardsworth

Chair in International Politics

E H Carr Chair

Head of Department (International Politics)

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Richard Beardsworth holds the EH Carr chair in International Politics and is Head of Department. He 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 (Derrida and the Political, Nietzsche), he has been concerned with the divide between normative and empirical practices in world politics and the lack of global political vision and global political leadership that this divide helps sustain (Cosmopolitanism and International Relations). Given the historical turn to renewed borders and the collapse in the legitimacy of both domestic and international liberalism, his present research agenda re-addresses Weber's ethics of responsibility in a globalized, fractured world (articles and manuscript: Political Responsibility and Political Leadership in a Globalized, Fragmented World). He is on the editorial boards of International Political Theory and Global Policy. 



Beardsworth's research interests lie in the relations between morality and politics in world politics and in the futures of liberalism. These interests are presently articulated in four 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 political leadership.


Towards a critical concept of the statespersonBeardsworth, R. 2017 In : Journal of International Political Theory.13, 1, p. 100-12121 p.
The Political Moment: Political Responsibility and Leadership in a Globalized, Fractured AgeBeardsworth, R. 2017 In : Journal of International Relations.20 p.
State Responsibility Towards Climate Change: Convergence of Cosmopolitan and Non-Cosmopolitan ArgumentsBeardsworth, R. 2016 (Accepted/In press) The State and Cosmopolitan Responsibility. Beardsworth, R., Brown, G. & Shapcott, R. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 20 p.
Cosmopolitan Theory and World Politics: An Argument for Cosmopolitan RealismBeardsworth, R. 2015 The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations. Soguk, N. & Nelson, S. G. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 373-390
G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) and International RelationsBeardsworth, R. 2015 Return of the Theorists : Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations. Lebow, R. N., Shouten, P. & Suganami, H. (eds.). London: Springer Nature, p. 117-1259 p.
From Moral to Political Responsibility in a Globalized AgeBeardsworth, R. J. 2015 In : Ethics and International Affairs.29, 1, p. 71-9230 p.
‘Whither Global Governance: Review Essay’Beardsworth, R. 2014 In : Global Policy.5, 4, p. 508-5114 p.
A Secular Response to Political MessianismBeardsworth, R. 2014 Politics to Come: Power, Modernity and the Messianic. Bradley, A. & P. F. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 15-2511 p. (Continuum Studies in Religion and Political Culture)
Review of: Just war and international order: The uncivil condition in world politicsBeardsworth, R. 2013 In : International Affairs.89, 6, p. 1479-14802 p.
The social in the global: Social theory, governmentality and global politicsBeardsworth, R. 2013 In : International Affairs.89, 1
Political Vision in the Discipline of International RelationsBeardsworth, R. J. 2012 In : Millennium: Journal of International Studies.40, 3, p. 541-56121 p.
Assessing Cosmopolitan Theory in World PoliticsBeardsworth, R. 2012
Practical Judgment in International Political TheoryBrown, C. & Beardsworth, R. 2012 In : Journal of International Political Theory.8, 1-2, p. 110-1112 p.
Tragedy, World Politics and Ethical CommunityBeardsworth, R. J. 2012 Tragedy and International Relations. Erskine, T. & Lebow, R. N. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 97-11115 p.
Postmodernism and international relationsBeardsworth, R. 2011 Encyclopedia of Political Science.SAGE Publications
Culture and the Specificity of Politics: A Response to Fred DallmayrBeardsworth, R. 2011 In : Journal of International Political Theory.7, 2, p. 239-25113 p.
Cosmopolitanism and International Relations TheoryBeardsworth, R. J. 2011 Cambridge: Polity. 276 p.
Technology and Politics: A Response to Bernard StieglerBeardsworth, R. 2010 In : Cultural Politics.6, 2, p. 181-1899 p.
Logics of Violence: Religion and the Practice of PhilosophyBeardsworth, R. 2009 In : Cultural Values.4, 2, p. 137-16630 p.
Cosmopolitanism and Realism: Towards a Theoretical Convergence?Beardsworth, R. J. 2008 In : Millennium: Journal of International Studies.37, 1, p. 69-9628 p.
Arendt and Political MoralismBeardsworth, R. 2008 In : International Politics.45, 4, p. 506-5138 p.
The Future of Critical Philosophy and World PoliticsBeardsworth, R. 2007 Derrida: Negotiating the Legacy . Fagan, M., Glorieux, L., Hasimbegovic, I. & Suetsugu, M. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press, p. 45-6520 p.
Tragedy and Ethics in International RelationsBeardsworth, R. 2007 In : Journal of International Relations.22, 1
The Irony of Deconstruction and the Example of MarxBeardsworth, R. 2007 The Politics of Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the other of philosophy . McQuillan, M. (ed.). Pluto Press, p. 212-23422 p.
A Note to a Political Understanding of Love in our Global AgeBeardsworth, R. 2006 In : Contretemps: an online journal of philosophy.p. 2-1514 p.
Modernity in French Thought: The problem of excess from Emmanuel Lévinas to Jacques DerridaBeardsworth, R. 2006 In : Telos.2006, 137, p. 67-9529 p.
The Future of Critical Philosophy and World PoliticsBeardsworth, R. 2005 In : Millennium: Journal of International Studies.34, 1, p. 201-23535 p.
In Memoriam Jacques Derrida: The Power of ReasonBeardsworth, R. 2005 In : Theory and Event.8, 1
Futures of Spirit - from Hegel to Nietzsche, and BeyondBeardsworth, R. 2004 Idealism without Absolutes: Philosophy and Romantic Culture. Rajan, T. & Plotnitsky, A. (eds.). State University of New York Press, p. 219-24022 p. (Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory)
La Confession d'AugustinBeardsworth, R. & Lyotard, J-F. 2000 Stanford University Press.
Nietzsche, Nihilism and SpiritBeardsworth, R. 2000 Nihilism Now!: Monsters of Energy. Ansell Pearson, K. & Morgan, D. (eds.). London: Springer Nature, p. 37-6932 p.
The Political Art of ProcrastinationBeardsworth, R. 1999 In : Parallax.13, 1
Aporia and Phantasm modern law, the tragic and timeBeardsworth, R. 1999 In : Angelaki.4, 1, p. 37-5317 p.
Technology, Memory, and ValueBeardsworth, R. 1999 Memory, History and Critique: European Identity at the Millennium. Brinkhuis, F. & Talmor, S. (eds.). International Society for the Study of European Ideas
Technics et heure: Le défaut d'ÉpiméthéeBeardsworth, R., Stiegler, B. & Collins, G. 1998 Stanford University Press.
Contemporary Philosophy and DemocracyBeardsworth, R. 1998 In : History of the Human Sciences.11, 1, p. 129-1379 p.
Thinking TechnicityBeardsworth, R. 1998 In : Cultural Values.2, 1, p. 70-8617 p.
Nietzsche (Figures Du Savoir)Beardsworth, R. 1997 Les Belles Lettres. 128 p.
Derrida and the PoliticalBeardsworth, R. 1996 Taylor & Francis. 69 p. (Thinking the Political)
Deconstruction and Tradition: Catachresis and TechneBeardsworth, R. 1995 In : Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.26, 3
Tel Quel 's Ecriture: Avant-Garde Logic and TimeBeardsworth, R. 1995 In : Paragraph.18, 3, p. 248-27225 p.
Les frontières du sublime: La déconstruction et la tradition moderneBeardsworth, R. 1994 Le Passage des Frontières: Autour du Travail de Jacques Derrida.Éditions Galilée
On the Critical Post: Lyotard’s Political JudgmentBeardsworth, R. 1992 Judging Lyotard. Benjamin, A. (ed.). Taylor & Francis