Politics
School of Law and Politics

Prof. Noël K. O'Sullivan

BSc (Econ), PhD (London)

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Prof O'Sullivan

Research Professor of Political Philosophy

Phone: + 44 (0)1482 465757
Office: 215 Wilberforce
Email: N.K.OSullivan@hull.ac.uk

Profile

Noël O'Sullivan joined the Politics Department at Hull University in 1967 after studying for an undergraduate degree at LSE, doing postgraduate research at Harvard University, and then completing his doctorate at the LSE. He was given a personal chair in political philosophy at Hull in 1992.

Contracts awarded

Since 2011 I have been awarded a total of $270,000 by the US Liberty Fund to organize and direct the following five international conferences:

1. 3rd.-6th. Nov. 2011: awarded a contract of $52,000 to organize and direct an international conference on ’The public, the private and the political’ at Bath, UK.

2. July 18-21 2014: awarded a contract of $52,000 to organize and direct a conference on ‘The place of aesthetics in modern moral and political philosophy’ at Ockenden Manor in Kent, UK.

3. 24th.- 26th. October 2014: awarded a joint contract of $55,000 to co-direct an international conference on ‘Totalitarianism, democracy and freedom’ in Poland with a colleague at Jagiellonian University (with which Hull SPPIS has a formal exchange relationship).

4. Forthcoming, 22nd-25 September 2016: I have been awarded a further joint contract of $55,000 to co-direct another international conference at Jagiellonian University in Poland on ‘The concept of freedom in contemporary republican thought’. As I have noted, Hull SPPIS has a formal exchange relationship with Jagiellonian University which cooperation of this kind helps to keep alive.

5. Forthcoming in 2016: I have been awarded a contract of $55,000 by the US Liberty Fund to organize and direct an international conference in the UK on: ‘The concept of constitutionalism in the political thought of Hayek, Oakeshott and Leo Strauss’. The final date and location for this conference have yet to be settled.

A further contract of $55,000 has been offered by the US Liberty Fund but not yet signed to co-direct an international conference in Paris with Dr. Catherine Marshall of Cergy-Pontoise Université in 2017, on the theme: ‘Is liberal democracy doomed to self-destruction?’ Hull SPPIS has a formal exchange relationship with Dr. Marshall’s university and cooperation of this kind, as I noted in connection with my joint conferences in Poland, helps to keep the relationship between our universities alive.

Selected Publications

Books

  • The place of Michael Oakeshott in Contemporary Western and Non-Western Thought (Imprint Academic: Exeter, 2017).
  • The Concept of the Public Realm, (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 214, an edited volume.
  • European Political Thought since 1945 (monograph, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004; also in Chinese translation, 2006).
  • Political Theory in Transition (London: Routledge, 2000), an edited volume.

Journal articles

  • ‘Vida y Epoca de Oakeshott: Unas Memorias Filosoficas’ (translated into Spanish), Cuadernos de pensamiento politico, no. 37, Enero/Marzo 2013, pp. 69-84. ISSN: 1696- 8441.
  • 'Civil society and the quest for a political liberalism' (translated into Spanish), Cuadernos de Pensamentio Politico, No. 34, April 2012.
  • 'The place of enlightenment in Michael Oakeshott's conception of liberal education' (translated into Polish), Politeja, No. 3, 17, 2011.
  • 'Visions of European Unity since 1945' (Elie Kedourie Memorial Lecture delivered to the British Academy) published in Proceedings of the British Academy, vol. 154, 2008.
  • 'Is Jouvenel still worth reading?', The European Journal of Political Theory, Oct. 2007.
  • Liberalism, nihilism and modernity in the political thought of John Gray,' in a Special Issue of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy on ‘The Political Theory of John Gray', vol. 9, no. 2, June 2006 [ISSN 1369-82230], pp. 285-304).
  • 'Philosophy, politics and conservatism in the thought of Elie Kedourie (1926-1992)', Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 41, No. 5, 2005 691-718, ISSN 0026-3206.
  • ‘Nardin on Oakeshott', Collingwood Studies, vol. 9, February 2002, pp. 165-171.
  • ‘Why read Oakeshott?', Society, vol. 39, No. 3, March/April 2002, pp. 71-74.
  • ‘European political identity and the problem of cultural diversity', Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 17, No. 3, 2000, pp. 237-251.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • ‘Conservatism’ in Handbook of Ideologies,  ed. M. Frieden (Oxford: OUP, 2013), pp. 539-573.
  • 'The Rationale for the Retreat from the Welfare State,' in The Withering of the Welfare State, ed. J. Connelly and J. Hayward (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • 'Michael Oakeshott on civil association', in The Essential Oakeshott, ed. Paul Franco and Leslie Marsh (Princeton UP, 2012).
  • 'Conversations in Shimla about the meaning of life and the nature of democracy', in Grounding Morality, ed. Jyotirmaya and A. Raghuramaraju (New Delhi: Routledge, 2010).
  • ‘Liberalism, nihilism and modernity in the political thought of John Gray', in The Political Theory of John Gray, ed. John Horton and Glen Newey (Routledge, 2007), pp. 173-192. ISBN10 0-415-36647 -x (This chapter previously appeared in a Special Issue of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy on ‘The Political Theory of John Gray', vol. 9, no. 2, June 2006 [ISSN 1369-82230], pp. 285-304).
  • ‘British conservative thought', in Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, ed. by A. C. Grayling and Andrew Pile (London: Continuum, 2006).
  • ‘Philosophy, politics and conservatism in the thought of Elie Kedourie', in Elie Kedourie's Approaches to History and Political Theory, ed. S. Kedourie (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 53-82. ISBN 10-0-415-39675-1 AND 13-978-0-451-39675-2 (This originally appeared in a Special Issue of Middle Eastern Studies [ISSN 0026-3206], Vol. 41, No. 5, 691-718, September 2005.)
  • ‘Conservatism', in The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Political Thought, ed. T. Ball and R. Bellamy, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
  • ‘Power, Legitimacy and Authority' in Understanding Democratic Politics: Concepts, Institutions, Movements, ed. Roland Axtman, Sage 2003.
  • Visions of Freedom: the Response to Totalitarianism' in The Study of Politics: the Twentieth Century British Contribution, ed. J. Hayward, B. Barry, A. Brown, published by OUP for the British Academy, 1999, pp. 63-88.
  • ‘Michael Oakeshott's contribution to contemporary political thought' in Contemporary Political Thinking, ed. B. N. Ray, (New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers, 2000).

Other recent output

  • Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Journal of Collingwood and British Idealism Studies entitled ‘Aspects of Oakeshott’, vol. 22, No. 2, 2016 (ISSN 1744-9413 print, ISSN 2051-3011 online).
  • Guest editor of The Concept of the Public Realm, a special issue of The Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (vol. 12, no. 2, June 2009).
  • Editor of the series Oakeshott Studies for the Imprint Academic Press. Ten monographs have appeared since 2000. The most recent volume in the series is Michael Meach, The Democratic Theory of Michael Oakeshott (2009).
  • A British Academy lecture delivered in 2007 on 'Visions of European Unity since 1945' was published in the Academy's Proceedings, December 2008.

Research

Research Interests

  • History of political thought
  • Theory of the modern state
  • British and European political philosophy, especially in the 20th century
  • Sources of political extremism in modern European politics, with special reference to fascism and terrorism
  • Conservative doctrine in Western Europe and the U.S.A.

Administration

Visiting professor

7th.-21st. May 2011: Visiting Professor at Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland).  I gave a course on 'Fundamental problems in contemporary European political theory'.

Editorial and Advisory boards

Sept. 20011: I was invited to join the editorial board of Politeja, which is the main Polish journal of political studies (edited from Jagiellonian University)
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October 2012: Invited to become a member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Univ. of Cergy Pontoise in Paris.

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