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I read for my undergraduate degrees in South Africa, my MA in the USA and my PhD in the UK. Before taking up my post at the University of Manchester I taught at Rhodes University in South Africa and the University of Sheffield.

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Research interests

Specific research interests:

Philosophy and politics focusing on the following areas:

  • The interface between ethical constraints and effective political action, the problem of dirty hands and a political ethic.
  • Anglo-American theories of justice - Rawls, Dworkin, Sandel, Walzer etc.
  • Informal logic and argumentation theory.
  • Democracy - theory and practice.
  • Theories of secular accounts of evil.

Current research projects:

I am currently finishing a manuscript on the problem of 'dirty hands'.

Further information

PhD Supervision:

I currently supervise 3 PhD student.

  • Anh Anhya
  • Karolina Jedrzejczak
  • Riki Yamochi

Recently completed PhDs under my supervision

  • Stephen Hood 
  • Garvan Walshe
  • Chris Mills
  • Stephen Cooke 
  • Rebecca Reilly-Cooper 
  • Tom Goodwin
  • Charlie Robinson 
  • Mihaela Georgieva 
  • Andrew Shorten - Winner of the Political Studies Association Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Political Theory Thesis 2005

Current teaching:


  • Ideals of Social Justice (POLI20881)
  • Arguing about Politics (POLI 20602)
  • Challenges for Democractic Politics (POLI 20961)
  • Political Morality (POLI30271)


  • Ethics of Killing (POLI60221)
  • Democracy: Theory and Practice (POLI70872) (Taught with Louise Thompson)

Additional information:

For further details visit Stephen's personal webpage.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • JC Political theory
  • BJ Ethics
  • B Philosophy (General)


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