Miguel Beistegui

Miguel Beistegui

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


I was educated in France (BA and MA in Philosophy, Paris I-Sorbonne), the US (Ph.D in Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago), and Germany (Postdoc in Philosophy, Hegel-Archiv, Bochum).  Before becoming an ICREA Research Professor, I was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick (UK) for over 25 years. I have held Visiting Professorships in Milan (Universit√† degli Studi di Milano), Moscow (The Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences), New York (The New School for Social Research), Boston (Boston College), and Ca'Foscari (Venice). I have been the recipient of various grants as Principal Investigator between 2007 and 2019 and am currently a co-PI on a project at the intersection of literature and political theory, which explores the utopian/dystopian narratives of Atwood, Ishiguro, and Houellbecq. .

Research interests

I am a philosopher with a broad range of interests (ontology, aesthetics, ethics, and political philosophy), with monographs on Heidegger, Deleuze, Proust, Chillida, and Lacan. Since the 2008 financial crisis, my thought has taken a critical turn. My recent work includes a trilogy on desire as: a genealogy of desire as a way of understanding who we are; as a specifically liberal technology of government; as a constructive approach to the self, aimed at exploring alternative and emancipatory practices.  My most recent includes two books,: a critique of, and a reflection on ways to overcome, the forces or 'vices', such as stupidity and spite, which diminish our ability to think and our agency (individual or collective); a 'philosophy of crisis', which aims to: construct a rigorous concept of crisis; distinguish between types and levels of crises; show how such a concept can help us better understand, engage with, and overcome the most significant crises of our time.