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Dr Jan Kandiyali

Assistant Professor in Political Theory

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Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the School of Government and International AffairsRoom 004, Southend House+44 (0) 191 33 45653


Jan Kandiyali joined Durham as an Assistant Professor in Political Theory 2021, having previously taught at the LSE and Istanbul Technical University. He received his PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

Jan's interests are in social and political philosophy. He as written about Karl Marx's views on work, freedom, and human florusihing. More recent essays have focused on the sharing of burdensome labour, the desirability of a post-work society, the attraction of republican freedom for socialists, the question of whether basic income would provide a 'capitalist road to communism', and the media's coverage of poverty. 

Research interests

  • Republican Political Theory
  • Perfectionism in Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Universal Basic Income
  • Freedom
  • Theories of Justice and Equality
  • Karl Marx
  • Work and Contributive Justice
  • Socialist Political Philosophy


Authored book

  • Kandiyali, Jan (2018). Reassessing Marx's Social and Political Philosophy: Freedom, Recognition and Human Flourishing. Routledge.

Chapter in book

  • Kandiyali, Jan & Kurtulmuş, Faik (Forthcoming). Class, Inequality, and the Media. In Routledge Handbook on Philosophy and the Media. Fox, Carl & Saunders, Joe New York: Routledge.
  • Kandiyali, Jan. & Gomberg, Paul. (Forthcoming). Communism Shouldn't be Post-Work. In Debating a Post-Work Future: Perspectives from Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Celentano, D. Cholbi, M. Deranty, J-P. & Schaff, K. Routledge.
  • Kandiyali, Jan & Chitty, Andrew (2023). "In and Through Their Association": Marx on Freedom and Communism. In Freedom After Kant. Saunders, Joe London: Bloomsbury.
  • Kandiyali, Jan (2019). Historical Materialism: Marx. In A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. Shand, John Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 236-260.
  • Kandiyali, Jan (2018). Marx and Schiller on Specialization and Self-Realization. In Reassessing Marx's Social and Political Philosophy: Freedom, Recognition, and Human Flourishing. Kandiyali, Jan New York: Routledge.
  • Kandiyali, Jan (2018). Western Europe. In The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx. Diamanti, Jeff, Pendakis, Andrew & Szeman, Imre London: Bloomsbury.

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