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Rhianwen Daniel

Myfyriwr ymchwil, Ysgol y Gyfraith a Gwleidyddiaeth

Welsh speaking

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


My research focuses on nationalism and national identity, mainly from a political theory and political philosophy perspective. I am particularly interested in the relation between language and national identity, and much of my work looks at the extent to which language mirrors its users’ cultural particularities. This involves drawing on work in linguistics and translation theory in addition to the philosophy of language. The remainder of my work involves articulating the implications of the cultural and intellectual significance of language for certain questions concerning national loyalty and partiality, mono and multilingualism policy, as well as what is known in cognitive science, linguistics, and philosophy of mind as the language of thought hypothesis, according to which thought is realised through the medium of language-like representations.

Research specialisms:  Nationalism, national identity, language policy, linguistic theory, conservatism.

Diddordebau ymchwil


This project begins with a detailed study of the philosophical themes present in the works of the Welsh philosopher and political campaigner J. R. Jones, as well as their philosophical influences e.g. Wittgenstein, Fichte, and Herder. This is to enable the broader theoretical relevance of these influences to be made more explicit, and to enable Jones’ work to be placed within a more comprehensive framework than is currently available. The chapters are structured on the basis of these philosophical themes, which are then developed further and more specifically  in order to engage with certain debates in the current literature on the topics. The chapters’ themes vary from the cultural and intellectual significance of language to the history of Welsh nationalism.


I currently teach on the BA Philosophy and Politics programmes. I undertake tutoring and assessment on:

  • Introduction to Government (Politics)
  • Introduction to Political Thought (Politics)
  • Moral and Political Philosophy (Philosophy)
  • Mind, Thought and Reality (Philosophy)

I also teach outreach sessions in schools on philosophical and political matters of interest such as current affairs, religion, and the mind. I have also guest lecturered for the Seren Network and at Coleg Gwent on the A level WJEC Government and Politics programme.