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Political thought & theory

Parent category: Politics & Society

Dr Ilan Zvi Baron

Lecturer, School of Government and International Affairs

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 47221

Centre for the History of Political Thought

Specialist expertise:

  • Death and the ethics of war
  • Diaspora Politics
  • Dual loyalty or the problem of holding multiple allegiances to conflicting states or political communities.
  • International Relations Theory
  • Philosophy and Global Politics, focusing on multiculturalism, human diversity, ethics and the politics of identity.
  • Political Obligation
  • Political Philosophy of International Relations
  • The connections between identity, obligation and security.
  • Zionism

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Dr Thom Brooks

Reader, Durham Law School

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 44365

Associate , Department of Philosophy

Centre for the History of Political Thought

Law and Global Justice

Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)

Specialist expertise:

  • British Idealism
  • British politics
  • Capabilities
  • Capital Punishment
  • Citizenship
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • German Idealism
  • Global Justice
  • Hegel
  • Immigration
  • Jurisprudence
  • Jury Trial
  • Justice
  • Kant
  • Life in the UK test
  • Plato
  • Political Communication
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Strategy
  • Punishment
  • Rawls
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sentencing

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Dr Gleider I Hernández

Lecturer, Durham Law School

Human Rights Centre

Law and Global Justice

Islam, Law and Modernity

Specialist expertise:

  • Public International Law: the law regulating international relations, the United Nations, and all matters of international concern.

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Dr Caspar Hewett

Research Associate, Department of Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 43481

Mobile telephone: +44 (0)7790 470846

Specialist expertise:

  • The notion of progress - I am interested in how the idea has become almost solely associated with technological change and divorced from the idea of social change in an era when the few belive that social and political change are possible.

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Dr Gerald Moore

Lecturer, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42909

Home telephone: 07976649114

Specialist expertise:

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Professor Max Paddison

Professor, Department of Music

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 43153

Department of Philosophy

Specialist expertise:

  • Adorno's philosophy and sociology of music
  • Frankfurt School Critical Theory
  • Marxism and Music

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Professor Robert Song

Professor, Department of Theology and Religion

Telephone: 0191 33 43959

Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)

Specialist expertise:

  • biotechnology/genetic engineering
  • Christianity and politics
  • ethics in biotechnology/genetic engineering

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Dr Samuel Thomas

Lecturer, Department of English Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 46577

Mobile telephone: + 44 (0) 776 9722132

Home telephone: +44 (0)191 3869879

Specialist expertise:

  • Critical Theory (especially the Frankfurt School and Slavoj Žižek)
  • Literature and Terrorism
  • Models of resistance politics in modern and contemporary fiction
  • Thomas Pynchon

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