Professor Colin Tyler

Professor of Social and Political Thought

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

School of Law and Politics

c.tyler@hull.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1482 466520

Colin Tyler is Professor of Social and Political Thought, the Director of the Institute of Applied Ethics and the Director of the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism.

He taught previously at University College London and the University of York, and has been a visiting professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, USA.

Colin has also lectured in Italy, Japan, Poland and the USA, and been a visiting scholar at St John’s College, Oxford.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research

Research Interests

  • Political theory, particularly applied ethics, common good politics, social justice, and the politics of self-realisation
  • History of social and political thought, specialising in 19th-century and 20th-century Britain, particularly British idealism and the New Liberalism
  • Social economics and critical political economy

Research groups

  • Director of the Institute of Applied Ethics
  • Director of the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism
  • Convenor of the PSA British Idealism Specialist Group

Publications

Tyler C, 'Forms, Dialectics and the Healthy Community: Recovering the British Idealists’ Reception of Plato’, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 99:4 (2017)

Tyler C, Common Good Politics: British Idealism and Contemporary Social Justice, Palgrave MacMillan (2016)

Tyler C, 'Individuality, Freedom and Socialism: The British Idealists’ Critiques of the Fichtean State’, Political Studies, 63:2, pp 319-335 (2015)

Tyler C, Civil Society, Capitalism and the State: Part 2 of The Liberal Socialism of Thomas Hill Green, British Idealist Studies Series 3, Imprint Academic (2012)

Tyler C, Metaphysics of Self-Realisation and Freedom: Part 1 of The Liberal Socialism of Thomas Hill Green, British Idealist Studies Series 3, Imprint Academic (2010)

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Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

Undergraduate Teaching
  • Philosophy, History and Ideologies
  • History of Political Thought
  • Critics of Capitalism

Postgraduate Teaching

  • International Relations: Theory and practice
  • Power and the State in International Politics

Research PhDs

Colin Tyler is currently supervising doctoral research in the following areas

  • Social capital theory
  • British idealist and New Liberal social and political theory
Colin also 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, specialising in 19th-century and 20th-century British
  • Philosophical issues raised by civil disobedience
  • Social economics and critical political economy
  • Political theory, especially identity politics and multiculturalism
  • Democratic theory
Completed PhDs
  • Adrian Paylor, Reason and Romanticism in Green and Collingwood’s Conceptions of 'Nature' (2010-14)
  • Sean Magee, Justice and Disadvantage (2007-12)

Current PhD supervisions

  • James Pearce, Recasting the Civic Condition: Can Civic Republican Notions of the Civic Condition Exist in Deeply Diverse Societies?

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil), Thomas Hill Green and the Philosophical Foundations of Politics, University of York (1996)
  • MA by Research, History of Political Discourse 1500-1800, with distinction, University of Hull (2008)
  • MA Political Philosophy with distinction, University of York (1992)
  • BA Hons Politics and Economics, Reading University (1990)

External roles

  • External examiner at several leading universities
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Convenor of the Political Studies Association's British Idealism Specialist Group