Dr Edward Hall

Department of Politics and International Relations

Senior Lecturer in Political Theory

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edward.hall@sheffield.ac.uk
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Dr Edward Hall
Department of Politics and International Relations
G60
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield
S10 2TU
Profile

I joined the department in September 2014. I took an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Politics at the University of Durham before moving to the University of Oxford to study for an MPhil in Political Theory. I then moved to the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science to write a PhD on the political thought of Bernard Williams. I was employed as a Fellow in the Government Department at the LSE from September 2012 until September 2014.

Supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (October 2021 – March 2023), I am currently writing a book on the contemporary significance of Judith Shklar’s liberalism of fear. The book, which is under contract with Oxford University Press, is tentatively entitled Power and Powerlessness: The Liberalism of Fear in the Twenty-First Century.

My previous work has addressed the nature of moral and political conflict, the realist revival in political theory, and a number of topics in political ethics. 

In 2020, my monograph Value, Conflict, and Order: Berlin, Hampshire, Williams, and the Realist Revival in Political Theory was published by the University of Chicago Press. 

In 2022, Princeton University Press will publish Political Ethics: A Handbook, which I am co-editing with Professor Andrew Sabl (University of Toronto).

Research interests

Realist Political Theory

Political Ethics

British moral and political thought since World War Two

Publications

Books

Journal articles

Book reviews

Research group

I would be happy to supervise research in the following broad areas:

  • Contemporary political theory
  • Realist political thought
  • History of modern political theory
  • Political ethics
Teaching activities

I am not teaching for the duration of my Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship. 

Professional activities
  • Co-convenor: 2017 Association for Social and Political Philosophy conference on ‘Political Ethics’, University of Sheffield, 27-29/06/2017
  • Examiner: Introduction to Modern Political Thought and Contemporary Political Theory papers, University of London External Study Programme, 2012-2014
  • Convenor: ‘Realism and Twentieth Century British Political Thought’ panel. MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, Ninth Annual Conference: 5th – 7th September 2012
  • Founding committee member: Graduate/early career seminar in the history of political ideas. Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, University of London.

Recent invited papers and keynote lectures

  • ‘All determination is negation: Stuart Hampshire and the vitality of conflict’, Political Theory and Cultural Values Seminar, University of Leeds, 08/03/2017
  • ‘Skepticism about unconstrained utopianism’, Political Theory Seminar, University of York, 12/01/2016
  • ‘Skepticism about unconstrained utopianism’, Social Philosophy and Policy conference, University of Arizona, 04/12/2015
  • ‘Integrity in Politics’, Association for Social and Political Philosophy Conference, University of Amsterdam, 25/06/2015
  • ‘How to do realistic political theory (and why you might want to)’, RIPPLE Seminar, KU Leuven, 02/04/2015
  • ‘Realism as anti-moralism’, Conference on Political Realism, National University of Singapore, 09/01/2015
  • ‘Political Theory and its Audience: A Realist Perspective’, Association of Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 02/07/2014
  • ‘Philp on Political Conduct: An Evaluation’, A celebration and critical evaluation of the work of Mark Philp, University of Oxford, 22/04/2014
  • ‘Political Theory and its Audience: A Realist Perspective’, Doing Realist Political Theory: Beyond Critique Conference, University of Sheffield, 09/12/2013
  • ‘Contingency, Confidence, and Liberalism in the Political Thought of Bernard Williams’, Realist Legitimacy Panel: MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 06/09/2013
  • ‘Williams, Dunn and the Realism Constraint’, Realism and Twentieth Century British Political Thought Panel, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 05/09/2012
  • ‘The Limits of Bernard Williams’s Critique of Political Moralism’, Realism in Political Theory Conference, University of York, 16/11/2011
  • ‘Facts, Principles and Political Philosophy’, Nordic Network on Political Ethics (NNPE) Conference on Normative Political Philosophy, Vejle, Denmark, 31/05/2011