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Professor Colin Tyler


Colin Tyler

Professor of Applied Ethics and Political Theory

Post Nominals AcSS, FRHistS, SFHEA
Biography Colin Tyler in Professor of Applied Ethics and Political Theory, in the School of Politics and International Studies. His research and teaching focuses on the free society, British idealism and the New Liberalism, the theory and practice of social justice and common good politics both in historical and contemporary settings.

Professor Tyler served as the Associate Dean (Research) in the FBLP, from July 2000 to June 2023. Currently, he is the Director of the FBLP Institute of Applied Ethics and of the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism, as well as convening the UK PSA British Idealism Specialist Group. He is a Fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Historical Society, as well as being a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Since being appointed at Hull University in 2000, Colin has published more than sixty books, critical editions, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, with articles appearing in major international journals including Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, British Journal of the History of Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory, European Journal of Social Theory, History of European Ideas, Journal of Information Ethics, Parliamentary Studies and Political Studies. His books have been published by Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, Continuum, and others. His most recent monograph is Common Good Politics: British idealism and social justice in the contemporary world (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).

Colin has supervised many doctoral and MPhil students during his career, all to successful completion. Their topics have included British idealist theory and practice, issues relating to social justice including in relation to cultural diversity, contemporary political theory, and applied international relations theory. His current full doctoral students are researching topics in Schmittian political theory, civil disobedience, and the politics of the contemporary self. In addition, Colin has supervised many international visiting doctoral students, researching the influence of British idealist and New Liberal philosophy and practice in Italy and Spain.

In the Fall of 2014, Colin was a Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University, USA. In 2018, he was a Visiting Professor at Yokohama National University, Japan. He has lectured at various universities in Italy, Japan and Poland, as well as being employed previously at the University of York and University College London. He is a Peer Reviewer for several grant funding bodies including the AHRC and Narodowa Agencja Wymiany Akademickiej (Poland).
Research Interests Free society, theory and applied
Common good politics
British idealism and the New Liberalism
Jeremy Bentham's political thought
History of European political thought since 1789
Teaching and Learning History of Political Thought
Critical political economy
Civil disobedience
Political theory and ideologies
International relations theory
Scopus Author ID 7103198067