Image of Ed HallDr Edward Hall

Lecturer in Political Theory

Contact Details
Telephone: 0114 222 1709
Room: G60
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).


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Key Publications

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
Professional Service

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.

PhD Supervision

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

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