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Bruce Haddock

Emeritus Professor

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.




  • Haddock, B., Peters, R. and Wakefield, J. R. M. 2020. Introduction. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 26(1-2), pp. 1-18.


  • Haddock, B. A. 2013. The historicity of thought. In: Boucher, D. and Smith, T. eds. R. G. Collingwood: An Autobiography and Other Writings: With Essays on Collingwood's Life and Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 335-352.








  • Haddock, B. A. 2002. Against the current: speculative knowledge and practical wisdom. In: Magee, G. ed. Philosophy and Culture: Essays in Honor of Donald Phillip Verene. Philosophy Documentation Center, pp. 15-35.
  • Haddock, B. A. 2002. Italy in the 1990s: policy concertation resurgent. In: Berger, S. and Compston, H. W. eds. Policy Concertation and Social Partnership in Western Europe. Berghan Books, pp. 207-219.
  • Haddock, B. A. and Caraiani, O. 2002. Legitimacy, national identity and civil association. Presented at: International Symposium on Nation and National Ideology, Past, Present and Prospects, Bucharest, 6-7 April 2001 Presented at Boia, L. ed.Nation and National Ideology: Past, Present and Prospects: Proceedings of the International Symposium held at the New Europe College, Bucharest April 6-7, 2001. Center for the History of the Imaginary and New Europe Collège pp. 377-462.







  • Haddock, B. A. 1996. Oakeshott's rationalism in politics. In: Forsyth, M. and Keens-Soper, M. eds. The Political Classics: Green to Dworkin. Oxford University Press, pp. 100-120.
  • Haddock, B. A. 1996. The crisis of the Italian state. In: Bideleux, R. and Taylor, R. eds. European Integration and Disintegration: East and West. Routledge, pp. 111-126.




  • Haddock, B. A. 1993. Liberalism. In: Pleuger, G. ed. The Good History Students' Handbook. Bedford: Sempringham, pp. 120-122.
  • Haddock, B. A. 1993. Socialism. In: Pleuger, G. ed. The Good History Students' Handbook. Bedford: Sempringham, pp. 122-125.
  • Haddock, B. A. 1993. Communism. In: Pleuger, G. ed. The Good History Students' Handbook. Bedford: Sempringham, pp. 131-133.
  • Haddock, B. A. 1993. Nationalism. In: Pleuger, G. ed. The Good History Students' Handbook. Bedford: Sempringham, pp. 141-143.
  • Haddock, B. A. 1993. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Philosophy of Right. In: Greensmith Forsyth, M., Keens-Soper, H. M. A. and Hoffman, J. eds. The Political Classics: Hamilton to Mill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 104-136.




  • Haddock, B. A. 1988. Vico. In: Cannon, J., Doyle, W. and Greene, J. P. eds. The Blackwell Dictionary of Historians. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 432-434.
  • Haddock, B. A. 1988. Saint Augustine: The city of God. In: Forsyth, M. and Keens-Soper, M. eds. A Guide to the Political Classics: Plato to Rousseau. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 69-95.



  • Haddock, B. 1985. Pareto, Vilfredo (1848-1923). In: Kruper, A. and Kruper, J. eds. The Social Science Encyclopedia. London: Routledge, pp. 571-572.


  • Haddock, B. A. 1983. Vico and the crisis of Marxism. In: Tagliacozzo, G. ed. Vico and Marx: Affinities and Contrasts. Atlantic Highlands, N. J.: Humanities Press, pp. 352-366.


  • Haddock, B. A. 1981. Vico and the methodology of the history of ideas. Presented at: Vico/Venezia conference, 1978 Presented at Tagliacozzo, G. ed.Vico: Past and Present. Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press International pp. 227-239.






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.