Professor of Political Theory
Director of Research (Political Theory)
Director, MA in Political Philosophy
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Political theory, Irish political thought.
I am interested in the theory and history of utopianism. This has led to books on the utopian thinkers Ernst Bloch and Herbert Marcuse, and a study of the relationship between marxism and utopianism. Recent work has been on late nineteenth and early twentieth century utopian thinking, particularly William Morris, Christian Socialism, and Edward Carpenter. I am currently exploring the utopian dimensions of religious narrative, attempting to relate this to the development of postsecularism. I also have an interest in Irish political thought, particularly early Irish socialism, and also Irish jacobitism. I also retain an interest in the development of modern socialism, and the emergence of postnationalism.
Recent/Selected Publications (Complete list of publications)