Dr Edward Hall
Lecturer in Political Theory
Telephone: 0114 222 1709
Feedback and consultation hours:
Thursday 9:00 - 10:00 and 13:00 - 14:00
Edward Hall joined the department in September 2014. He 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. He 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. He was employed as a Fellow in the Government Department at the LSE from September 2012 until September 2014.
His current research focuses on the realist critique of mainstream Anglo-American political philosophy, British political thought since the Second World War, and political ethics.
I am an enthusiastic and approachable teacher. As a political theorist, I encourage my students to challenge their preconceptions about politics and ethics and ensure that they have the critical and analytical tools to both understand contemporary politics and to make convincing and coherent claims about how we might coherently wish politics to be.
In 2018-19, I am teaching the second-year module Political Theory in Practice (with Alasdair Cochrane), the third-year modules The Ethics of Political Leadership and Political Realism, and the MA module Freedom.
I am currently working on a book manuscript on the political thought of Isaiah Berlin, Stuart Hampshire and Bernard Williams. I am also co-editing a handbook, provisionally entitled Political Ethics: The State of the Field, with Andrew Sabl (Yale University).
Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures
Co-convenor: 2017 Association for Social and Political Philosophy conference on ‘Political Ethics’, University of Sheffield, 27-29/06/2017
I would be happy to supervise research in the following broad areas: