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Prof. Colin Tyler, FRHistS

BA (Hons) (Reading), MA with distinction (York), MA with distinction (Hull), DPhil (York)

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Dr Tyler

Professor of Social and Political Thought

Phone: +44 (0)1482 465765
Office: 289 Wilberforce Email: C.Tyler@hull.ac.uk

Joint convenor of the Centre for Idealism and New Liberalism

Sabbatical dates: 2004-05 (first semester), 2008-09 (first semester), 2011-12 session (first semester), 2014-15 (second semester)

Profile

Colin Tyler is Professor of Social and Political Thought and Director of the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism, having taught previously at University College London and the University of York. In the first semester of the 2014-15 session, he was Visiting Professor of Politics and International Affairs, at Wake Forest University, USA. He has lectured around the world, including in Italy, Japan, Poland and the USA, as well as being a Visiting Scholar at St John’s, Oxford. Professor Tyler’s research interests are in British idealism and the New Liberalism; common good politics; history of social and political thought, specialising in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century British; social economics and critical political economy; and contemporary political theory, especially identity politics and multiculturalism. He has published more than 50 articles, books and book chapters, as well as editing The International Journal of Social Economics. His most recent book is entitled Common Good Politics (Palgrave 2016) and collects together a number of his articles and book chapters on the history of common good politics and selected topics in contemporary political theory and British politics. Professor Tyler is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Selected Publications

Books (authored)

  • Common Good Politics: British idealism and contemporary social justice (Houndsmill: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming in 2016)
  • 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.
  • Metaphysics of Self-realisation and Freedom: Part 1 of The Liberal Socialism of Thomas Hill Green (Exeter & Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic, 2010), in their British Idealist Studies Series 3: T.H. Green. 
  •  Idealist Political Philosophy: Pluralism and conflict in the absolute idealist tradition (London & New York: Continuum, 2006; pbk published in 2008).
  • Thomas Hill Green (1836-1882) and the Philosophical Foundations of Politics: An internal critique (Lampeter and Lewiston, NJ: Edwin Mellen, 1997).

Books (edited) and critical editions

  • John A. Hobson, Selected Writings, 1932-1939: The struggle for the international mind, ed. Colin Tyler and J.M. Hobson (London: Routledge, 2011).
  • Unpublished Manuscripts in British Idealism: Political Philosophy, Theology and Social Theory, 2 vols. (hbk Bristol & New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005; pbk Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2008), 500pp. 
  • Various authors, ‘Recollections regarding T.H. Green’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 14:2 (Summer 2008), 5-78.
  • Edward Caird [1835-1908], ‘Spencer’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 12:1 (Spring 2006), 5-38.
  • Early Reviews and Responses to the British Idealists, Volume 1 (London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004).
  • Collected Works of Edward Caird, 12 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 1999).

Journal articles

  • ‘J.A. Symonds on Socialism and the Crisis of Sexuality in fin-de-siècle Britain’, Revue française de civilisation britannique (accepted, forthcoming in 2016).
  • ‘Forms, dialectics and the healthy community: Recovering the British idealists’ reception of Plato’, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, forthcoming, scheduled for vol.99, iss.4 (December 2017).
  • ‘Individuality, freedom and socialism: The British idealists’ critiques of the Fichtean state’, Political Studies, 63:2 (June 2015), 319-335.
  • ‘Drafting the Nineteen Propositions, January to July 1642’, Parliamentary History, 31:3 (October 2012), 263-312.
  • ‘D.G. Ritchie on socialism, History and Locke’, Journal of Political Ideologies, 17:3 (October 2012), 259-80.
  • ‘Power, alienation and performativity in capitalist societies’, European Journal of Social Theory 14:2 (May 2011), 161-80. 
  • ‘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. 
  • ‘Vindicating British idealism: David Ritchie contra David Weinstein’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 15:2 (2009), 54-75.
  • ‘Performativity and the Intellectual Historian’s Re-enactment of Written Works’, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 3:2 (2009), 167-186.
  • (25%) ‘State of the Art: British Idealist Political Philosophy’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 7 (February 2005), 97-5; co-authors: David Boucher (Cardiff), James Connelly (now Hull) and William Sweet (St Francis Xavier, Canada)
  • ‘Hegel, War and the Tragedy of Imperialism’, History of European Ideas, 30:4 (December 2004), 403-31
  • ‘ “A Foundation of Chaff”?: A critique of Bentham’s Metaphysics, 1813-1816’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 12:4 (November 2004), 685-703.
  • ‘T.H. Green, Advanced Liberalism, and the Reform Question, 1865-1876’, History of European Ideas, 29:4 (December 2003), 437-58 ; reprinted in John Morrow, ed., T.H. Green (International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).
  • ‘The Much Maligned and Misunderstood Eternal Consciousness’, Bradley Studies, 9:2 (Autumn 2003), 126-38.
  • ‘Jeremy Bentham, Social Criticism and Levels of Meaning’, Journal of Bentham Studies, 6 (2003) [peer-reviewed]
  • ‘The Value of Persons’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 9 (2002), 130-38.
  • ‘Negotiating “The Modern Wilderness of Interests”: Bernard Bosanquet on cultural diversity’, Contemporary Political Theory, 1:2 (2002), 157-80.
  • ‘“This Dangerous Drug of Violence”: Making sense of Bernard Bosanquet’s theory of punishment’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 7 (December 2000), 114-38.
  • ‘Evolution of the Epistemic Self’, Bradley Studies, 4:2 (Winter 1998), 175-94.
  • ‘Cultural Pluralism: A response to Seglow’s reply’, Politics, 18:2 (May 1998), 107-10.
  • ‘Implications of Parekh’s Cultural Pluralism’, Politics, 16:3 (September 1996), 151-57.

Book Chapters

  • ‘John Cook Wilson and the Resurrection of Oxford Realism’, in John Cook Wilson, Unpublished Lectures from 1913-1914, introduced and edited by C. Tyler [Database and CD-ROM] (Charlottesville, VA: InteLex, forthcoming).
  • ‘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, 2014), pp.167-84.
  • ‘Edward Caird’, in G. Oppy and N. Trakakis, eds., History of Western Philosophy of Religion, 5 vols. (Durham: Acumen, 2009), vol. 4, pp.209-19.
  • ‘“History’s Actors”? Insights into the “war on terror” from international relations theory’, in M. Mullard and B. Cole, eds., Globalisation, Citizenship and War on Terror (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007), pp. 32-54.
  • ‘Citizenship, Rights and Tony Blair’s Doctrine of International Community’, in M. Mullard and B. Cole, eds., Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007), pp. 124-44.
  • ‘Liberalism and Communitarianism’, in R.E. Ashcroft, A. Dawson, H. Draper and J. MacMillan, eds., Principles of Health Care Ethics, 2 nd edition (Chichester: John Wiley, 2007), pp.35-41.
  • ‘Human Well-being & the Future of the WTO’, in S.D.Lee & S.McBride, eds., Neo-liberalism, State Power and Global Governance (Dordrecht: Springer Kluwer, 2007), pp.219-32.
  • ‘Contesting the Common Good: T.H. Green and Contemporary Republicanism’, in M. Dimova-Cookson and W.J. Mander, eds., T.H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics and Political Philosophy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006), pp. 262-91.
  • ‘Strangers and Compatriots: The politics of cultural diversity’, in J Rex and G Singh (eds.), Governance in Multicultural Societies (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), pp. 19-35.
  • Thomas Hill Green’, in E.N. Zalta, ed., Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, first ed. 2003 second ed. 2006 [22k-words]
  • ‘Thomas Hill Green’, in W.J. Mander and A. Sell, eds., Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Philosophers, 2 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2002), pp. 449-54
  • ‘Edward Caird’, in W.J. Mander and A. Sell, eds., Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Philosophers, 2 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2002), pp. 179-85
  • ‘Thomas Hill Green’, in P.B. Dematteis, P.S. Fosl & L.B. McHenry, eds., Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Philosophers 1800-2000 (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2002), pp. 95-104.
  • ‘Edward Caird’, in P.B. Dematteis, P.S. Fosl & L.B. McHenry, eds., Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Philosophers 1800-2000, (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2002), pp. 61-69.
  • ‘The Social Liberalism of Edward Caird’, in C. Tyler, ed., Collected Works of Edward Caird, 12 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 1999), vol.11, pp. vii-xxxviii
  • ‘Spiritual Evolution and the Thought of Edward Caird’, in C. Tyler, ed., Collected Works of Edward Caird, 12 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 1999), vol. 1, pp. vii-xvii

Encyclopaedia entries

  • ‘Thomas Hill Green’, in Gregory Claeys, ed., Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought (London: CQ Press, 2013).
  • ‘John A. Hobson’, in Gregory Claeys, ed., Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought (London: CQ Press, 2013).
  • ‘Editorial Introduction’, special issue on Martha Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities, International Journal of Social Economics, 41:7 (July 2013), p.612.
  • ‘Green, Thomas Hill’, in James Crimmins and Douglas Long, eds., Encyclopaedia of Utilitarianism (New York: Continuum, 2013), pp.183-86.
  • ‘Idealism’, in James Crimmins and Douglas Long, eds., Encyclopaedia of Utilitarianism (New York: Continuum, 2013), pp.258-61.
  • ‘Ritchie, David George’, in James Crimmins and Douglas Long, eds., Encyclopaedia of Utilitarianism (New York: Continuum, 2013), pp.483-84.
  • ‘Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich’, in Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino, eds., International Encyclopaedia of Political Science, 8 vols. (London: Sage, 2011).
  • ‘Idealism’, in Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino, eds., International Encyclopedia of Political Science, 8 vols. (London: Sage, 2011).
  • ‘Note regarding the texts’, in J.A. Hobson, Selected Writings, 1932-1939: The struggle for the international mind, eds. C. Tyler and J.M. Hobson (London: Routledge, 2011), pp.xiii-xv.
  • ‘Green, Thomas Hill’, in Mark Bevir, ed., Encyclopedia of Political Theory, 3 vols. (London: Sage, 2010), vol. 2, pp. 571-73.
  • ‘Introduction to the symposium: On David Weinstein’s Utilitarianism and the New Liberalism’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies , 15:2 (2009), 5-6.
  • ‘British Idealism’, in Colin Matthew, Brian Harrison and Lawrence Goldman, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • (Invited review of) ‘Utilitarianism and the New Liberalism. By David Weinstein’, Perspectives on Politics, 7:2 (June 2009), 408-09.
  • ‘Edward Caird’, in Ed Randall, ed., Dictionary of Liberal Thought (London: Methuen/Politico’s, 2007), pp. 54-56.
  • ‘Thomas Hill Green’, in Ed Randall, ed., Dictionary of Liberal Thought (London: Methuen/Politico’s, 2007), pp. 143-47; reprinted in Duncan Brack, ed., Liberal Thinkers (London: Liberal Democrats History Group, 2014), pp.25-30.
  • ‘Giuseppe Mazzini’, in Ed Randall, ed., Dictionary of Liberal Thought (London: Methuen/Politico’s, 2007), pp. 265-67.
  • ‘European Radicalism, 1789-1919 Editorial’, History of European Ideas, 30:4 (December 2004), 377-80.
  • ‘Alfred Barratt’, in W.J. Mander and A. Sell, eds., Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Philosophers, 2 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2002), pp. 60-61.
  • ‘Henry Calderwood’, in W.J. Mander and A. Sell, eds., Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Philosophers, 2 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2002), pp. 203-04.
  • ‘Simon Somerville Laurie’, in W.J. Mander and A. Sell, eds., Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Philosophers, 2 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2002), pp. 653-54.

Other publications

Review articles

  • ‘Social Justice from the Left’, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 5:2 (Autumn 2008), 301-12.
  • ‘Elitism and Anti-elitism in Nineteenth Century British Political Thought’, History of European Ideas, 32 (August 2006), 345-55.
  • ‘Some of the Recent Scholarship on Thomas Hill Green’, European Journal of Political Theory, 5:2 (April 2006), 213-21.

Special issues

  • ‘Martha Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities’, The International Journal of Social Economics, 7:1 (July 2013), contributors Nussbaum (Chicago, USA), Booth (Aberystwyth), Burns (Nottingham), Deneuline (Bath) and Roberts (Cardiff).
  • ‘David Weinstein, Utilitarianism and the New Liberalism’, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 15:2 (2009), contributors Weinstein (Wake Forest, USA), Connelly (Hull), Freeden (Oxford), de Sanctis (Genoa, Italy), Symhony (Arizona State, USA) and myself.
  • History of European Ideas, special issue on ‘European Radicalism, 1789-1919’, 30:4 (December 2004), contributors Schofield (UCL), Varouxakis (Aston), and Kinna (Loughborough) and myself.

Research

  • British idealism and the New Liberalism
  • Common good politics
  • Social economics and critical political economy
  • Contemporary political theory
  • History of social and political thought, specialising in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century British

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Currently, Colin Tyler teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

  • 30052 Philosophy, History and Ideologies
  • 30003 History of Political Thought
  • 30176 Critics of Capitalism

Postgraduate Teaching

Currently, Colin Tyler teaches on the following postgraduate modules:

  • 30177 Discourses of Civilization and Barbarism
  • 30175 Terrorism, Civil Disobedience and Dissent

PhD Supervision

Colin Tyler is currently supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Social capital theory
  • British idealist and New Liberal social and political theory

Colin Tyler welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working in the following areas:

  • British idealism and the New Liberalism
  • Common good politics
  • History of social and political thought, specializing in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century British
  • Philosophical issues raised by civil disobedience
  • Social economics and critical political economy
  • Contemporary political theory, especially identity politics, and multiculturalism
  • Democratic theory

Administration

Colin has held many administrative roles while at Hull, including the following.

  • School Study Abroad Coordinator (since September 2015)
  • Editor of the International Journal of Social Economics (since July 2011)
  • Programme Coordinator BA Politics and Philosophy (since 2010)
  • Programme Coordinator MA Civilization, Terrorism and Dissent (since 2007)
  • Founding Director of the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism (since September 2007)
  • Politics Research Director (January 2012 to August 2014)
  • Departmental Postgraduate Director (February 2002 until August 2004; August 2007 until July 2010)
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Unfair Means Committee Member and Chair (September 2006 to August 2008)
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