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James Connelly

Professor of Political Theory


The Development of Collingwood’s Metaphilosophical Views (2018)
Book Chapter
Connelly, J. (2018). The Development of Collingwood’s Metaphilosophical Views. In K. Dharamsi, G. D'Oro, & S. Leach (Eds.), Collingwood on Philosophical Methodology (35-75). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02432-1_3

Connelly discusses the development of Collingwood’s conception of philosophical methodology and how his early reflections on the role and character of philosophical analysis gradually gave rise to his mature metaphilosophical views. He shows that con... Read More about The Development of Collingwood’s Metaphilosophical Views.

F.H. Bradley and secular and religious debates in the philosophy of history (2018)
Journal Article
Connelly, J. (2018). F.H. Bradley and secular and religious debates in the philosophy of history. Philosophical Enquiries. Revue des philosophies anglophones, 97-116

This paper considers F. H. Bradley’s The Presuppositions of Critical History as a foundational document in philosophy of history, and its origin in debates in church history triggered by claims that biblical stories should be subject to the constrain... Read More about F.H. Bradley and secular and religious debates in the philosophy of history.

The composition of R. G. Collingwood's The New Leviathan (2018)
Journal Article
Connelly, J., & Johnson, P. (2019). The composition of R. G. Collingwood's The New Leviathan. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 27(1), 114-133. https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2018.1494540

Collingwood's The New Leviathan is a difficult text. It comprises philosophy, political theory, political opinion and history in what is sometimes an uneasy amalgam. Despite its being the culmination of thirty years of work in ethics and political th... Read More about The composition of R. G. Collingwood's The New Leviathan.

Language, aesthetics and emotions in the work of the British idealists (2018)
Journal Article
Tyler, C., & Connelly, J. (2018). Language, aesthetics and emotions in the work of the British idealists. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 26(4), 643-659. https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2018.1475344

This article surveys and contextualizes the British idealists' philosophical writings on language, aesthetics and emotions, starting with T.H. Green and concluding with Michael Oakeshott. It highlights ways in which their philosophical insights have... Read More about Language, aesthetics and emotions in the work of the British idealists.

The public interest environmental law group: from USA to Europe (2018)
Journal Article
Goodman, M., & Connelly, J. (2018). The public interest environmental law group: from USA to Europe. Environmental Politics, 27(6), 1014-1032. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2018.1438789

The European environmental movement has been reconfigured since the introduction of the pan-European public interest environmental law group based on the model founded in the USA around 1970. Yet it has been claimed that there is a low degree of succ... Read More about The public interest environmental law group: from USA to Europe.

Environmental NGOs: pushing for leadership (2016)
Book Chapter
Connelly, J., & Wurzel, R. (2016). Environmental NGOs: pushing for leadership. In R. K. Wurzel, J. Connelly, & D. Liefferink (Eds.), The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead? (221-236). London: Routledge

Surprisingly little scholarly attention has been paid to the role which environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) have played in EU climate change politics, although there are exceptions (e.g. Long et al. 2002; Wurzel and Connelly 2011a; S... Read More about Environmental NGOs: pushing for leadership.

Reasoning through Crisis: Crisis, Incommensurability and Belief (2016)
Journal Article
Connelly, J. (2019). Reasoning through Crisis: Crisis, Incommensurability and Belief. Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, 21(2), https://doi.org/10.4000/rfcb.1069

This paper draws on Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, but it is neither an exposition nor a critique of that book and uses certain concepts from it as a springboard for reflections on the nature of crisis. Kuhn’s key term was par... Read More about Reasoning through Crisis: Crisis, Incommensurability and Belief.

Introduction: European Union climate leadership (2016)
Book Chapter
Connelly, J., Wurzel, R. K., & Liefferink, D. (2016). Introduction: European Union climate leadership. In The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead? (3-19). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315627199

There is no shortage of would-be leaders in EU climate change politics. The EU institutions (e.g. European Council, Council of the EU, Commission and the European Parliament (EP)), member states and societal actors have all, though to varying degrees... Read More about Introduction: European Union climate leadership.

The meaning of intention and meaning in Mark Bevir and Vivienne Brown (2011)
Journal Article
Connelly, J. (2011). The meaning of intention and meaning in Mark Bevir and Vivienne Brown. Intellectual History Review, 21(1), 95-104. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2011.546640

Bevir's weak intentionalism construes meanings consisting in the understanding of a specific individual and they are identifiable solely by reference to that individual, by contrast with strong intentionalism, whereby a text expresses prior purposes... Read More about The meaning of intention and meaning in Mark Bevir and Vivienne Brown.