Dr Huw Williams

Dr Huw Williams

Senior Lecturer (Coleg Cymraeg)

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 4806
1.40, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking

I am part of the School's group of Philosophy researchers.

I  joined the Department in Cardiff in 2012.

As an undergraduate I studies  philosophy and psychology at the LSE, and as a Morrell Scholar I studied  political theory at the University of York Politics Graduate School. I received  a Ph.D. from the International Politics department at Aberystwyth in 2009,  where I then took up the post of lecturer.

In my role as lecturer with  the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, it is  my responsibility to expand the teaching of philosophy through the medium of  Welsh across the higher education institutions in Wales.

My primary research  interest is egalitarian thought, in particular the philosophy of John Rawls,  and I have spent time as a visiting researcher at Tennessee University with the  leading Rawlsian scholar, David Reidy.

Teaching interests

  • contemporary  liberal political philosophy
  • theories of global justice
  • history of political  thought
  • philosophy and doctrine in Wales

My research interests span the fields of political  philosophy, international political theory, and the history of ideas. To  date, my research has focused on how contemporary liberal theorists articulate  global duties, and their approaches to questions of global justice and  inequality.

My monograph, On Rawls,  Development and Global Justice: The Freedom of Peoples, elaborates Rawls'™  institution-building approach to international assistance, advocating  pragmatism and the toleration of difference, offering an alternative to the  discourse of democracy-building.

In my current research, I am expanding  my commentary on Rawls'™ international theory, writing in particular on the  issues of just war and democracy promotion. I am also interested in key  figures in the history of philosophy, politics and theology in Wales, and in  particular their relation to traditions of egalitarian and radical thought.

Research interests

  • political philosophy
  • international political theory
  • the history of ideas in Wales
  • John  Rawls