Dr Edward Hall

Department of Politics and International Relations

Senior Lecturer in Political Theory

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Dr Edward Hall
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Dr Edward Hall joined the Department in 2014 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory. 

He works on three main research areas: political ethics, liberal political thought, and realist political theory. He is author of Value, Conflict, and Order: Berlin, Hampshire, Williams, and the Realist Revival in Political Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2020), and co-editor of Political Ethics: A Handbook (Princeton University Press, 2022). He has published in journals including Journal of PoliticsPolitical StudiesEuropean Journal of Political TheorySocial Philosophy & PolicyReview of Politics, and Social Theory and Practice.  

He was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2021 for a project on the contemporary significance of Judith Shklar’s liberalism of fear. He is currently writing a book on this topic, tentatively entitled Power and Powerlessness: The Liberalism of Fear in the Twenty-First Century, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. 

Research interests

Realist Political Theory

Political Ethics

British moral and political thought since World War Two



Edited books

  • Hall E & Sabl A (Ed.) (2022) Political Ethics: A Handbook. Princeton: Princeton University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Hall E & Sabl A (2022) DIRTY HANDS AND BEYOND Introduction, POLITICAL ETHICS (pp. 1-20). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hall E (2022) Political Integrity, POLITICAL ETHICS (pp. 65-81). RIS download Bibtex download

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 and memberships
  • 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
Supervision Expertise

Political Theory