Professor Bruce Haddock
Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 4881
Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4946
Location: Room 2.15, 65-68 Park Place
I was educated at Leicester University and Wolfson College, Oxford. I worked for many years at University of Wales, Swansea, before coming to Cardiff in 2001. I have held visiting appointments at the University of Ferrara, Emory University and Arizona State University.
My interests range from political philosophy and history of political thought, through modern European federal theory, to contemporary politics and culture in Italy and Romania. I am involved in a major collaborative project (based here at Cardiff) exploring contrasting modes of justification invoked in normative argument. I am also currently completing a book provisionally entitled Philosophical Liberalism: A Defence of Weak Foundations.
My teaching focuses largely on history of political thought and normative political philosophy.
My principal publications include An Introduction to Historical Thought (1980), Vico’s Political Thought (1986), A History of Political Thought: 1789 to the Present (2005), The Politics of Italian National Identity (2000, jointly edited with Gino Bedani), Multiculturalism, Identity and Rights (2003, jointly edited with Peter Sutch), Principles and Political Order: The Challenge of Diversity (2006, jointly edited with Peri Roberts and Peter Sutch), in addition to numerous essays and articles in collaborative volumes and journals, including Political Theory, Political Studies, History of Political Thought, The Historical Journal, Journal of the History of Ideas, European Journal of Political Theory, European Studies Review and Social Research. A History of Political Thought: From Antiquity to the Present is due to be published in 2008. I am also joint editor of Collingwood and British Idealism Studies and associate editor of the European Journal of Political Theory.
I have worked for many years on diverse aspects of history of political thought, ranging from detailed studies of particular thinkers to broad treatments of themes in the western tradition. Throughout my work I try to set political thought in the context of the emerging institutional, cultural and economic framework of the modern world.
Over the past decade I have also confronted challenging questions about the status of moral and political principles. In recent work I try to model precisely what goes on when we make judgements of value from embedded positions in social and political cultures.
I continue to work on contemporary normative issues in Italy and Romania.
I am happy to supervise research students in the followings areas: political philosophy and theory; history of political thought; contemporary politics and culture in Italy, Romania and Wales.