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Colin Tyler

Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, & Professor of Social and Political Thought


Rethinking Constant’s Ancient Liberty: Bosanquet’s modern Rousseauianism (2022)
Journal Article
Tyler, C. (2022). Rethinking Constant’s Ancient Liberty: Bosanquet’s modern Rousseauianism. History of European ideas, 48(3), 280-295. https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2022.2056333

Benjamin Constant was a vociferous critic of the political Rousseauianism that he saw underpinning French politics in the early nineteenth-century. Yet, his hostile reaction at the political level co-existed with a far more sympathetic attitude towar... Read More about Rethinking Constant’s Ancient Liberty: Bosanquet’s modern Rousseauianism.

The UK and Covid 19 (2021)
Book Chapter
Tyler, C. (2021). The UK and Covid 19. In J. N. Pieterse, H. Lim, & H. Khondker (Eds.), Covid-19 and Governance: Crisis Reveals. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

This chapter explores the institutional and ideological tensions that shape the United Kingdom (UK) government’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. The discussion is structured as follows. Section one presents the UK government’s response to the pan... Read More about The UK and Covid 19.

“All history is the history of thought”: competing British idealist historiographies (2020)
Journal Article
Tyler, C. (2020). “All history is the history of thought”: competing British idealist historiographies. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 28(3), 573-593. https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2019.1684239

Along with utilitarianism, British idealism was the most important philosophical and practical movement in Britain and its Empire during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Even though the British idealists have regained some of their... Read More about “All history is the history of thought”: competing British idealist historiographies.

Brexit: hatred, lies and UK democracy (2019)
Journal Article
Tyler, C. (2019). Brexit: hatred, lies and UK democracy. Dialogi Polityczne = Political Dialogues, 27(27), 63-82. https://doi.org/10.12775/dp.2019.011

The article analyses the progress of the Brexit debate in the UK from the time that David Cameron announced in 2013 his intention to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership of the UK up until the calling of the 2019 UK General Election. It considers... Read More about Brexit: hatred, lies and UK democracy.

‘A State by a Sort of Courtesy’: T.H Green’s theory of the state as a critique of Czarism (2019)
Book Chapter
Tyler, C. (in press). ‘A State by a Sort of Courtesy’: T.H Green’s theory of the state as a critique of Czarism. In Etica, Politica, Storia universale

The chapter is structured as follows. Section two briefly sketches Thomas Hill Green’s early attitudes to Russia. Section three analyses Green’s mature conception of “the state” and considers its influence on his mature attitude towards Czarism. Sect... Read More about ‘A State by a Sort of Courtesy’: T.H Green’s theory of the state as a critique of Czarism.

‘God, man, and nature’: Neo-Aristotelian naturalism in T.H. Green’s faith and philosophy (2019)
Journal Article
Tyler, C. (2019). ‘God, man, and nature’: Neo-Aristotelian naturalism in T.H. Green’s faith and philosophy. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 25(1), 45-73

Establishing Thomas Hill Green’s naturalism and the philosophical redundancy of his religious beliefs is profoundly important when understanding his philosophy and, by extension, when understanding British idealism as a philosophical movement. This a... Read More about ‘God, man, and nature’: Neo-Aristotelian naturalism in T.H. Green’s faith and philosophy.

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.

Forms, dialectics and the healthy community: the British idealists' receptions of Plato (2018)
Journal Article
Tyler, C. (2018). Forms, dialectics and the healthy community: the British idealists' receptions of Plato. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 100(1), 76-105. https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2018-0004

© 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH. All rights reserved. This article counters the dominant misinterpretations of the British idealists' readings of Plato, thereby fundamentally undermining the current historiography of Plato's modern reception in the Eng... Read More about Forms, dialectics and the healthy community: the British idealists' receptions of Plato.

J. A. Symonds, socialism and the crisis of sexuality in fin-de-siècle Britain (2017)
Journal Article
Tyler, C. (2017). J. A. Symonds, socialism and the crisis of sexuality in fin-de-siècle Britain. History of European ideas, 43(8), 1002-1015. https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2017.1284141

This article analyses the theory of sexuality, personality and politics developed by the literary critic John Addington Symonds (1840-93). Sections one and two introduce Symonds’ changing reputation as a modernist theorist of ‘sexual inversion’ (homo... Read More about J. A. Symonds, socialism and the crisis of sexuality in fin-de-siècle Britain.