Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O’Connor researches European Philosophy, with special reference to Phenomenology and 20th Century French Philosophy. He is particularly interested in the intersection of Philosophy and Literature. He has published two books one entitled Atheism Reclaimed on atheism and existentialism, the other on phenomenology, ethics, and the work of Jacques Derrida entitled Derrida: Profanations. He has published several articles on Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou, Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben. He is currently completing a monograph examining the role of philosophy in the literature of Cormac McCarthy.

Selected Publications


Atheism Reclaimed. Winchester & Washington: Iff Publications, 2014.

Derrida: Profanations. London: Continuum, 2010.


“Saving Sheriff Bell: Derrida and No Country for Old Men,” Journal of Cormac McCarthy Studies, Vol. 15:2, 2017.

“Anti-Matters: Blanchot, McCarthy and The Road,” European Journal of North American Studies, Vol. 12:3, 2017.

“Literature, Religion and Death: Blanchot, McCarthy and Suttree,” Beyond Reckoning: Philosophical Approaches to Cormac McCarthy, London: Routledge, 2017.

“Learning together: Foucault, Sennett and the crisis of the co-operative character,” Journal of Co-operative Studies (with Keith Crome), Vol 49:2, 2016.

“Letting Habits Die: Derrida, Ravaisson and the Structure of Life,” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Vol. 19:2, April 2015.