John W. P. Phillips

Department of English Language & Literature
National University Of Singapore

Fields of interest

Critical Theory, Continental Philosophy, Literature, Media and Performance,

Recent publications


Philosophy and Formal Adventure: The Philosophy of Jacques Derrida (manuscript completed).

Figures of Modernity: Image, Window, Reflection (manuscript near completion)

The Critical Event (collection of essays also currently being translated into Chinese)

Pop Music (commissioned for Pop Music Series by Palgrave).


Reading Melanie Klein. Co-edited with Lyndsey Stonebridge. London: Routledge, 1998.

Contested Knowledge: A Guide to Critical Theory. London: Zed, 2000.

Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global Processes. Co-edited with Ryan Bishop and Wei-Wei Yeo. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Beyond Description: Space Historicity Singapore. Co-edited with Ryan Bishop and Wei-Wei Yeo. London: Routledge, 2004.

Modernist Avant-garde Aesthetics and Military Technology: Technicities of Perception (co-authored with Ryan Bishop). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

The City as Target, eds. Ryan Bishop, Gregory Clancey and John Phillips. London: Routledge, 2012.

Derrida Now. London: Polity, 2015.


“Art, Politics and Philosophy: Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière.” Theory, Culture and Society Vol. 27. No. 4 (July 2010).

Co-Authored with Ryan Bishop, “What is a Tank?” International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 7, no. 1 (2010).

“Philosophical Logic, Concrete Poetry.” Poetica 74 Special Issue, Concrete Poetry: An International Debate, January 2011, 1-18.

“The Poetic Thing: On Deconstruction and Poetry.” The Oxford Literary Review. 33.2 (December 2011).

“Secrecy and Transparency: An Interview with Samuel Weber.” Theory Culture & Society, 28, no. 7-8 (2011): 158-172.

“The Dear (le tout cher).” SubStance, 40, no. 3 (Plus d’un toucher: Touching Worlds) (2011): 89-104.

“Bios, Polis and the Autoimmune.” Science, Technology and Society. March 2012 vol. 17 no. 1 79-101.

“Asphodel and the Spectral Places,” Derrida Today 5.2 (2012): 146-164.

“Vox Populi: Hölderlin and the Digital Hecatomb.” Poetica 79 Special Issue, Digital Humanities and Romanticism, 2013.

“On Topology.” Theory, Culture and Society Vol. 30. No. 3 (May 2013) 1-31.

“The Urban Problematic” (co-author: Ryan Bishop) Theory Culture and Society December 2013 vol. 30 no. 7&8 221-241.

“Becoming Female with Derrida and Nietzsche: Algebra of Deconstruction,” Parallax 20.1 (2014) 54-66.

“The Urban Problematic II: The Urban Infrastructure” (co-author: Ryan Bishop) Theory Culture and Society December 2014 vol. 31 no. 7&8 221-241.

“Force and Vulnerability in Philosophy and Science: Husserl, Derrida, Stiegler,” Cultural Politics 11:2 (2015)