The Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism (CINL, formerly
the Centre for the Study of British Idealism) conducts research and
teaching on the work and influence of the philosophical and
reforming movement known as the British idealists, as well as into
the thought of the New Liberals to whom they gave rise, including
L.T. Hobhouse and J.A. Hobson. The CINL also provides a source of
expertise and resources, as well as producing publications and
The CINL was created by Professor Colin
Tyler and Professor James Connelly to
capitalise on the growing interest in many countries in British
idealism as both an intellectual movement and an influence on
public policy. Tyler and Connelly have written extensively on
British idealists such as, T.H. Green, R.G. Collingwood and Michael
Oakeshott, and have produced several editions of previously
unpublished material from British idealist archives. Both are
co-editors of Collingwood and British Idealism Studies,
the leading academic journal in the field, whose executive editor
is David Boucher (Cardiff). Professor Nöel O’Sullivan (Emeritus,
Hull), editor of one of Imprint Academics three British Idealism
series, is also a member of the CINL. In this way, the CINL
continues the Department's long association with idealist
philosophy, not least as found in the work of Professor Raymond
Plant and the late R.N. Berki.
The aims of the CINL are to:
- Run conferences, workshops and seminars
- Develop a network of scholars working in the field
- Promote research grant applications
- Develop modules and programmes at both undergraduate and
- Act as a location of expertise for research students
- Be a repository of materials, especially (photo)copies of
We have a number of invited associate members, each of whom is
an internationally-renowned scholar working on either British
idealism or New Liberalism, or actively supports such research.
Professor Koji Hatta (Chuo University, Japan) began a two-year
period as a Scholar-in-Residence on the 1st April 2015
looking at New Liberalism of T.H. Marshall.
Mr Amos Badalin (Foundazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena,
Italy) was a Visiting Scholar during March and April
2015. He was working on the role played by T.H. Green's theory of
the will in his ethics and theory of community.
‘My experience as a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for
Idealism and the New Liberalism was simply great. In Hull, I found
what any scholar would like to discover when doing their research:
a welcoming atmosphere, regular and expert intellectual
companionship, plenty of sources of advice (to which I have been
granted extensive access), time for study and time for discussion.
I was really looking forward to working with the members of the
Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism and, after my two months
of stay, I was impressed by the international network they are
building. During my tenure, a Scholar-in-Residence from Japan soon
arrived and others were planning to come after my departure. The
relations with the professors of the Centre were excellent: both
professionally and personally. I feel that the time spent at the
University of Hull has been one of enthusiasm and growth.’
- Amos Badalin (Fondazione Collegio San
Carlo di Modena, Italy)
Professor David Weinstein was a Visiting Scholar at the CINL
for much of 2010, during which time has given several lectures and
seminars, including a Royal Institute for Philosophy lecture and a
seminar for Hull’s Institute of
The Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism, in the School of
Politics, Philosophy and International Studies at Hull University,
hosted the biennial conference of the Michael Oakeshott
Association, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19 September 2015. The
conference was attended by nearly fifty scholars who had travelled
to Hull from four continents, more than three-quarters having come
from outside the UK. The conference was preceded by a dinner for
conference participants attended by the Vice-Chancellor of Hull
University, Professor Calie Pistorius, as well as Professor Noel
O’Sullivan who is the President of the Michael Oakeshott
Association and a leading member of Hull University’s Centre for
Idealism and the New Liberalism. Following the dinner Professor
Terry Nardin (National University of Singapore) delivered the first
of three annual Oakeshott Memorial Lectures funded by a generous
donation from Lord Bhikhu Parekh. Professor Nardin’s theme was
‘Oakeshott as a moralist’. Further details
of this very successful international conference can be found
The Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism is hosting two
academic visitors at present.
Professor Koji Hatta (Chuo University, Japan) has just begun a
two-year period as a Scholar-in-Residence (working on the New
Liberalism of T.H. Marshall), and Mr Amos Badalin (Foundazione
Collegio San Carlo di Modena, Italy) is nearing the end of a
two-month period as a Visiting Scholar (working on the role played
by T.H. Green's theory of the will in his ethics and theory of
From August, we will also welcome Professor Young-ju Hoang
(Pusan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea) who will be a
Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for a year. Professor Young-ju
Hoang will be working on feminist theory.
From left to right: Professor Noel O'Sullivan, Professor James
Connelly, Professor Koji Hatta, Amos Badalin, Mr James Pearce (a
first-year doctoral student, working on an idealist reformulation
of social capital theory), and Professor Colin Tyler.
June - Knowledge Networks, the Grote Club and Cambridge
Idealism. A conference held at Wolfson College, Cambridge from
March - Alan Kahan and Łukasz Dulęba
visited the School of Politics, Philosophy and International
November - Professor Colin Tyler gave a talk at Edinburgh
Napier University, as part of the AHRC-funded project Informing
the Good Society. Read more
about his talk.
August - Professors James Connelly and Colin Tyler presented
papers at an International conference on
'British Idealism and concept of the self' at Harris Manchester
June - Professors Colin Tyler, James Connelly and Noel
O’Sullivan from the centre gave papers on 19th century idealist
philosophy at a recent conference in Paris. The CINL has a close
connection with conference co-organisers the University of
Cergy-Pontoise, where Professor O’Sullivan has been appointed as a
member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the
Cergy-Pontoise Institute for Advanced Studies.
7 December - PSA British Idealism
Specialist Group annual conference
22 October - Research Seminar; Professor David Weinstein (Wake
Forest University, USA) 'What is the Use of Intellectual
29 - 30 August - Conference; Kant and
the British Idealists, held in partnership with the UK
18 November - Seminar; Jon
Cruddas MP (Dagenham and Rainham), 'Labour and
Patriotism', This event was organised jointly with the
Centre for British Politics
17 November - Seminar; Professor David Weinstein, Wake
Forest, USA 'A Dangerous Mind: Leo Strauss's Hobbes as
14 November - Seminar; Louise W. Knight, Journalist and
biographer 'The Conscience of a Citizen: Jane Addams Interprets
T. H. Green and Edward Caird'
This event was organised
jointly with the Centre for Victorian
15 - 17 December - Conference; Rediscovering Collingwood and the British
The CINL's (formally known as the CSBI) launch event, hosted by
the Centre Directors Colin Tyler and James Connelly, was a
conference at Tickton Grange Hotel, outside Hull, held between 15
and 17 December 2009. This very successful event, which was
funded jointly by the PSA British Idealism Specialist Group and the
Department of Politics and International Studies at the University
of Hull, brought together scholars from the UK, USA, Canada,
Europe, Australia and elsewhere.
In addition to papers on Collingwood and Turkish film, the
philosophy of history and metaphysics, the conference included two
symposia. The first was dedicated to David Weinstein’s latest book,
Utilitarianism and the New Liberalism, and included papers
by Colin Tyler and James Connelly, with a response by Professor
Weinstein. The second symposium examined the latest research
on the R.G. Collingwood’s life especially as that relates to the
new edition of his Autobiography, to be published shortly
by OUP. This symposium included contributions by David Boucher,
Michael Beaney and others.
Current research projects
Each member of the CINL is a prolific researcher on British
idealism and New Liberalism. Below is a list of their recent
publications, and you can view a further list on their individual
staff profile pages:
Collingwood's Critique of Nazism: Liberal, Marxist or
Conservative?”, Politics, Religion & Ideology
Connelly R. G. Collingwood: a Research
Companion (With P. Johnson and S. Leach) Bloomsbury,
Connelly ‘Collingwoodian reflections on the biographical
self’, in W. Mander and S. Panagakou (eds), Idealism and the
Self, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
- Adrian Paylor, "J. A. Smith, Human
Imperfection and the Strange After-Life of British
Idealism", History of European
Ideas (forthcoming in 2015)
- Adrian Paylor, ‘Introduction’, to J.A. Smith,
‘On Joachim’s Philosophy’, Collingwood and British
Idealism Studies, 21:1 (2015), 81-91.
Tyler,‘Individuality, freedom and socialism: The British
idealists’ critiques of the Fichtean state’, Political
Studies, 63:2 (June 2015),
Connelly, ‘Collingwood, Gentile and the New Idealism in
Britain’ in B. Haddock and J. Wakefield (eds) Thought Thinking:
New Essays on the Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile,
Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 2014; published
as a book by Imprint Academic, 2015.
- James Connelly,
‘Idealist social philosophy, character and environmental virtues’,
in T. Brooks (ed) Ethical Citizenship: British Idealism and the
Politics of Recognition. Palgrave Macmillan 2014.
Connelly, ‘Beyond the Victorian Legacy’, in The
Victorian Legacy in Political Thought, ed. Catherine
Marshall and Stéphane Guy (Peter Lang, Bern 2014), pp. 351-371.
O'Sullivan ‘Modernity and legitimacy in Oakeshott’s
political thought’, published in a special edition on Oakeshott of
Cosmos + Taxis, vol. 2, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 20-26.
O'Sullivan ‘The concept of the political in
contemporary Western and non-Western thought’, Heidelberg
Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics no. 73,
June 2014, pp. 1-18. ISSN: 1617-5069.
- Colin Tyler,‘A
Forgotten Hero of British Social Democracy? The historical
significance of Edward Caird’, in Catherine Marshall and Stéphane
Guy, eds.,The Victorian Legacy in Contemporary British
Political Thought (New York: Peter Lang,
- James Connelly,
‘Politics, Civility and Civilization: R.G. Collingwood and
Michael Oakeshott’, in E. Sembou (ed) Political Theory: The
State of the Discipline, Cambridge Scholars, 2013.
Connelly,‘Bernard Bosanquet and Utilitarianism’,
Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, edited J. Crimmins and D.
Long, Bloomsbury 2013, pp.61-3.
Connelly, ‘F.H. Bradley and Utilitarianism’,
Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, edited James C. and D.
Long, Bloomsbury 2013, pp. 66-7.
Connelly,‘Collingwood: Philosophical Controversies’, in D.
Boucher and T. Smith (eds) R.G. Collingwood, An
Autobiography, Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Noel O'Sullivan ‘Conservatism’ for OUP
Handbook of Ideologies, ed. M. Freeden
(Oxford: OUP), 2013, pp. 539-573
O'Sullivan‘Vida y Epoca de Oakeshott: Unas Memorias
Filosoficas’ (art. translated into Spanish), in
Cuardenos de pensamiento politico, no.
37, Enero/Marzo 2013, pp. 69-84. ISSN: 1696- 8441
(’Oakeshott’s life and time: a philosophical memoir.’)
- Noel O'Sullivan ‘The Rationale for the
Retreat from the Welfare State,’ in The Withering of
the Welfare State, ed. J. Connelly and J. Hayward (Palgrave,
O'Sullivan 'Michael Oakeshott on civil association’
(9,500 words) in The Essential Oakeshott ed. by Paul Franco
and Leslie Marsh (Pennsylvania State UP, 2012).
O'Sullivan 'The concept of totalitarianism in
east-central European political thought, with some reflections on
its post-Cold War relevance', published in the Polish political
science journal Politeja no. 3(21), 2012, pp.
O'Sullivan‘Civil society and the quest for a political
liberalism’, translated into Spanish for publication in
Cuadernos de Pensamentio Politico, No. 34, April
2012, pp., ISSN 1696-8441.
Tyler, Civil Society, Capitalism and
the State: Part 2 of The Liberal Socialism of Thomas Hill
Green (Exeter &
Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic, 2012), in their British Idealist Studies
Series 3: T.H. Green.
- Colin Tyler, ‘D.G.
Ritchie on socialism, History and Locke’, Journal of Political
Ideologies, 17:3 (October 2012),
O’Sullivan, ‘The place of enlightenment in Michael Oakeshott’s
conception of liberal education’ (5,100 words), in the Polish
political science journal Politeja No 3 (17),
2011, pp. 5-16. ISSN 1733-6716.
- Noël O’Sullivan, ‘Political Theory in
Transition’ translated into Persian (in 2011) and is in the Iranian
- Colin Tyler,
’Power, alienation and performativity in capitalist
societies’, European Journal of Social
(May 2011), 161-80.
- Colin Tyler, and J.M. Hobson,
eds. Selected Writings of John A. Hobson, 1932-1938:
The struggle for the international mind (London:
- James Connelly and Stamatoula
Panagakou, eds., Anglo-American Idealism: Thinkers and
Ideas (Peter Lang, 2010)
- James Connelly, ‘Philosophising
history: distinguishing history as a discipline’, in A. Stone, ed.,
Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy (Edinburgh U.P.
- James Connelly, ‘The meaning of
intention and meaning in Mark Bevir and Vivienne Brown’,
Intellectual History Review (2010)
- James Connelly, ‘T.M. Knox and the
Study of Economic Activity’, International Journal of Social
Economics (December 2010)
- James Connelly, ‘On Strauss on
Collingwood’, in Tony Burns and James Connelly, eds., Legacy of
Leo Strauss (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2010)
- Noël O’Sullivan, ed., The
Concept of the Public Realm (London: Routledge, 2010)
- Noël O’Sullivan, ‘Conversations in
Simla about the meaning of life and the nature of democracy’, in A.
Raghuramaraju and Jyotirmaya Sharma, eds., Grounding Morality:
Freedom, Knowledge and the Plurality of Cultures, (Routledge,
- Colin Tyler, The Metaphysics of
Self-realisation and Freedom: Part 1 of The Liberal Socialism of
Thomas Hill Green (Imprint Academic, 2010).
- Colin Tyler, ‘British Idealism’, in
Colin Matthew, Brian Harrison and Lawrence Goldman, eds.,
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2010)
- Colin Tyler, ‘The Liberal
Hegelianism of Edward Caird: Or, how to transcend the social
economics of Kant and the romantics’, International Journal of
Social Economics, 37:11 (November 2010), 852-866. ‘Highly
Commended’ by the then-IJSE Editor and Editorial Board.
- James Connelly, ‘Weinstein on Green,
Hobhouse and Contemporary Moral Philosophy’, Collingwood and
British Idealism Studies, 15:2 (2009), 41-53
- James Connelly, ‘From anthropology to
metaphysics: Collingwood, culture and civilisation’,
Ethnographic Studies, 11 (Autumn 2009)
- James Connelly, ‘Character, Duty and
Historical Consciousness’, in W. Sweet, ed., British Idealism:
Moral, Social and Political Philosophy (Exeter: Imprint
- Noël O’Sullivan, ‘The concept of the
public realm’, Critical Review of International Social and
Political Philosophy, 12:2 (June 2009), 117-131.
- Noël O’Sullivan, ‘The concepts of
the public, the private and the political in contemporary Western
political theory’, Critical Review of International Social and
Political Philosophy, 12:2 (June 2009), 145-165.
- Colin Tyler, ‘Edward Caird’, in G.
Oppy and N. Trakakis, eds., History of Western Philosophy of
Religion, 5 vols. (Durham: Acumen, 2009), vol. 4, pp.
- Colin Tyler, ‘Vindicating British
idealism: D.G. Ritchie contra David Weinstein’, Collingwood and
British Idealism Studies (2009)
- James Connelly, ‘R.G. Collingwood,
analytical philosophy and logical positivism’, Baltic
International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication,
- James Connelly, ‘Collingwood and
Whitehead’, in Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought
(Ontos Verlag, 2008)
- Noël O’Sullivan, ‘Visions of
European unity since 1945’, Proceedings of the British
Academy, 154 (December 2008), pp. 93-127. (A lecture delivered
to the British Academy.)
- Colin Tyler, Unpublished
Manuscripts in British Idealism: Political Philosophy, Theology and
Social Theory, 2 vols. (Thoemmes Continuum, 2005; pbk Imprint
- James Connelly, ‘A New Leviathan
among the Idealists’, in W. Sweet, ed., Bosanquet and the
Legacy of British Idealism (University of Toronto Press,
- Noël O’Sullivan, ‘Philosophy,
politics and conservatism in the thought of Elie Kedourie’, in
ed. S. Kedourie, Elie Kedourie’s Approaches to History and
Political Theory (Routledge: London 2006), pp. 53-82.
- Noël O’Sullivan, ‘Liberalism,
nihilism and modernity in the political thought of John Gray’,
Critical Review of International Social and Political
Philosophy, 9:2 (Spring 2006), 285-304
- Colin Tyler, ‘Elitism and
Anti-elitism in Nineteenth Century British Political Thought’,
History of European Ideas, 32 (August 2006), 345-55
- Colin Tyler, ‘Some of the Recent
Scholarship on Thomas Hill Green’, European Journal of
Political Theory, 5:2 (April 2006), 213-21
- Colin Tyler, Idealist Political
Philosophy: Pluralism and conflict in the absolute idealist
tradition (Continuum, 2006)
The Centre hosts the Errol Harris British Idealism Library,
comprising a collection of books donated by the family of the late
Professor Errol E. Harris. Prof. Harris was a prolific writer on
topics in British Idealism, including the work of R.G. Collingwood,
A.R. Lord, Spinoza, Hegel, and topics in the philosophy of science,
metaphysics, and political philosophy. This library is available
for use by visitors to the Centre and for all bona fide scholars of
The CINL maintains a number of bibliographies of work produced
by or regarding the British idealists and New Liberals, especially
Thomas Hill Green, Edward Caird, Benjamin Jowett, Richard Lewis
Nettleship, David George Ritchie, John Hutchison Stirling and
This list of bibliographies will be added to in due course.
Links to similar associations
Members of the CINL have a long history of supervising
postgraduate research on the history and contemporary relevance of
British idealism. In recent years, our doctoral students have
included the following:
- Dr Adrian Paylor (awarded 2014): Human Imperfection and
Reason and T. H. Green’s and R. G. Collingwood’s Political
- Dr Ashley Roden-Bow (awarded 2013): Being and Politics in
Post-Hegelian Subjectivism: The Benefits and Limitations of a
Subjectivist Approach to the Questions of Being and
- Dr Sean Magee (awarded 2012): Disadvantage as an Impairment
of the Will.
- Dr Owen Fellows (awarded 2010): Rawls, Sen and Distributive
Justice: An Idealist Critique
- Dr Chueng Chor-Yung (awarded 2005): The Quest for Civil
Order: Politics, rules and individuality
James Connelly and Colin Tyler are joint convenors of the MA in
Civilisation, Terrorism and Dissent. In addition to four core
modules entitled Discourses of Civilisation and Barbarism,
Contemporary Terrorism Studies and the Causes of
Terrorism, Terrorism Civil Disobedience and Dissent,
and Capitalism, Alienation and Power, student write a
15,000 word dissertation, as well as taking two other modules from
a list of options that includes, subject to availability, The
British Idealists: Community, Time and the State.