Patrick O’Connor is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Nottingham Trent University. He researches European philosophy, with special reference to phenomenology, 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy, and early to mid-20th-century French philosophy. He has published two books: Atheism Reclaimed, on atheism and existentialism, and Derrida: Profanations on phenomenology, ethics, and the work of Jacques Derrida. He has written for The Conversation, Unknown magazine, Open Democracy, and 3am magazine. He is currently working on a project that investigates the intersection between philosophy and literature in the work of Cormac McCarthy.