Texas Tech University

Costica Bradatan


Email: Costica.Bradatan@ttu.edu

Phone: McClellan Hall Room 202A

Ph.D., University of Durham

Costica Bradatan is a Professor of Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, USA, and an Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at University of Queensland, Australia. He has also held faculty appointments at Cornell University, Miami University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Notre Dame, and Arizona State University, as well as at several universities in Europe and Asia.

Bradatan is the author and editor of ten books, among which Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers (Bloomsbury, 2015) and In Praise of Failure (forthcoming with Harvard University Press). His work has been translated into multiple languages, including Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Farsi. 

He has also written book reviews, essays, and op-ed pieces for such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, Aeon, Dissent, The New Statesman, and other similar venues. Bradatan serves as the Religion/Comparative Studies Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and is the founding editor of two book series: “Philosophical Filmmakers” (Bloomsbury) and “Philosophy beyond Boundaries” (Columbia University Press).

For more information, see http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/cbradata.

Photo by Robert Danieluk.

Costica Bradatan


  • In Praise of Failure. Harvard University Press, 2022
  • Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers. Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
  • The Other Bishop Berkeley: An Exercise in Reenchantment. Fordham University Press, 2007

Edited Books

  • The God Beat: What Journalism Says about Faith and Why It Matters, with Ed Simon. Broadleaf Books, 2021
  • Cinema and Sacrifice, with Camil Constantin Ungureanu. Routledge, 2017
  • Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation, with Camil Ungureanu. Routledge, 2014
  • Philosophy as a Literary Art: Making Things Up. Routledge, 2014
  • Philosophy, Society and the Cunning of History in Eastern Europe. Routledge, 2012
  • In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia, with Serguei Oushakine. Lexington Books, 2010.