Professor Mark Philp
Room 3.11, third floor of the Faculty of Arts Building
These are, formally: Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:00
My research includes work in the history of political thought, social and cultural history from 1750-1850, and political theory and political sociology, most recently on justice in relation to ageing, political corruption and issues relating to standards in public life. I am currently working on issues relating to familial justice and ageing, political conduct and corruption, the re-imagining of democracy at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries in Latin America, and on a number of diary projects from the late 18th and early 19th centuries..
I chair the Research Advisory Board to the Committee on Standards in Public LifeLink opens in a new window and have contributed to enquiries conducted by the Committee. See also my Max Weber Lecture at the EUI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXsgz9h5Z9k) and the interview there about aspects of my work in this area (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdInTTriPoI&feature=share). There is a Kenya dimension to these interests details of which can be found on the following website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ehrc/events/constructionspublicoffice/
From 2007-2010 I ran a three year digitization project on the the Diary of William Godwin, 1788-1836, funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Grant. The edited edition of the diary can be found at: http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/.
I co-direct with Joanna Innes (Oxford) the research project 'Re-imagining Democracy 1750-1850' see www.re-imaginingdemocracy.com; which is working on its third book examining Latin America and the Caribbean.
I have also worked with Kate Astbury (Warwick) on the 100 days project http://www.100days.eu/ and the new Barricades Project: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ehrc/events/barricades/
am the series editor of Founders of Modern Political and Social Thought for Oxford University Press. The most recent volume published was Malcolm Schofield's Cicero 2020.
- 2013-present: Professor of History and Politics, University of Warwick
- 2014-present Director of Research, History
- 2013-present: Director of the European History Research Centre
- 2000-2005: Head of Department, Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford (for leaving conference see here)
- 1983-2013: Fellow and Tutor in Politics and a Lecturer in Politics, Oriel College, University of Oxford
- HI174 The Enlightenment (undergraduate first-year option module)
- HI2A5 Individual, Polis and Society: Philosophical Reflections in History (undergraduate second-year module)
- PH 370 Montaigne's Essays (Philosophy 15 credit option open to Historians)
Recent publications include
- Radical Conduct: Politics, Sociability and Equality in London 1789-1815 (Cambridge University Press, 2020 (September))
- ed with Georgios Vouraxakis, Happiness and Utility: Essays Presented to Frederick Rosen (UCL Press, London, 2019)
- ed. with Joanna Innes, Re-imagining Democracy in the Mediterranean 1780-1860 (Oxford University Press, 2018)
- ed. The Autobiography of John Stuart Mill (Oxford World's Classics, 2018)
- ed. with Katherine Astbury, Napoleon's Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy (Palgrave, 2018)
- ed. with Fred Rosen, J. S. MIll, On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays (OUP, World's Classics, 2015)
- Reforming Ideas in Britain: Politics and Language in the Shadow of the French Revolution 1789-1815Link opens in a new window (Cambridge University Press, November 2013)
- ed. William Godwin, Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (OUP, World's Classics, 2013)
- ed. with J. Innes, Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions (Oxford University Press, 2013)
- ed. J Plamenatz, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Rousseau (Oxford University Press, 2012)
- Political Conduct (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2007)
- Thomas Paine (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007)
- ed., Resisting Napoleon: The British Response to the threat of invasion 1797-1815 (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006)
- Napoleon and the Invasion of Britain, with Alexandra Franklin, (Bodleian Library, Oxford, 2003)
- ed., Thomas Paine Rights of Man, Common Sense, and other Political Writings (Oxford, World's Classics, 1995)
- General Editor, Collected Political and Philosophical Writings of William Godwin, 7 Volumes (Pickering Masters 1993)
- General Editor, Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, 8 Volumes (Pickering Maters, 1992)
- ed., The French Revolution and British Popular Politics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991)
- Paine (Oxford University Press, Past Master Series, 1989)
- Godwin's Political Justice (Duckworth (UK) and Cornell University Press (USA), 1986) (paper 1988)
Recent articles include:
- 'Music and Moverment in Britain 1789-1815' Journal of British Studies 60 (2) 2021 403-415
- 'Paine and Socioeconomic Rights' French History Volume 33, Issue 4, December 2019, Pages 554–57 https://academic.oup.com/fh/advance-article/doi/10.1093/fh/crz092/5695855?guestAccessKey=ebea1daa-91fa-4ee0-bfbf-64d56dd9cfd6Link opens in a new window
- 'William Godwin' in The Wollstonecraftian Mind ed S. Berges, E. Hunt-Botting, and A. Coffee et al (Routledge, 2019), 211-223.
- with Dominic Burbidge 'Corruption' in the Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa ed.,Gabrielle Lynch and Peter VonDoepp (Routledge, London, 2019), 434-447
- 'The Corruption of Politics' Social Philosophy and Policy 35 (2) Winter 2018, 73-93.
- 'Democracy' from Book to Life: The emergence of the term in active political debate to 1848' with Joanna Innes in Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History, ed., Jussi Kurunmaki, Jeppe Nevers and Henk te Velde (Berghahn, New York, 2018, 16-41.
- 'Politics and the "Pure of Heart": Realism and Corruption' in Matt Sleat ed., Politics Recovered: Realist Thought in Theory and Practice (Columbia University Press, New York, 2018), 194-217.
- 'Afterword: Dibdin's Miscellany' in Oskar Cox Jensen, David Kennerley and Ian Newman, eds., Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2018).
- 'Unconventional Calling:Godwin, Women and Visiting in the 1790s' in K. Gilmartin ed.,Sociable Places: Locating Culture in Romantic-era Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
- 'Nervous laughter and the invasion of Britain 1797-1805' in Mark Knights and Adam Morton, The Power of Laughter and Satire in Early Modern Britain: Political and Religious Culture 1500-1800 (Boydell, 2017).
- 'Justice, Realism, and Family Care for the Aged' Social Philosophy and Policy (Winter, 2016) vol 23 (1 and 2
- 'The Definition of Political Corruption', in Paul Heywood, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption, (Routledge,London, 2015) pp. 17-29.
- ‘Realism about Political Corruption’ Mark Philp and Elizabeth David-Barrett, Annu. Rev Politic. Sci 18, 2015, pp. 329-48.
- 'Revolutionaries in Paris, Paine, Jefferson and Democracy' in Simon P. Newman and Peter S. Onuf, eds., Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions, (University of Virginia Press, 2013)
- ‘Representing America: Paine and the New Democracy’, in E. Dzelzainis and R. Livesey, The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776–1914 (Ashgate, 2013).
- Preaching to the Unconverted: Rationality and Repression in the 1790s’ Enlightenment and Dissent 2013.
- ‘Realism without Illusion’ Political Theory October 2012, 40: 629-649.
- ‘Paine: Rights of Man’ in P. Clemit ed., Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
- ‘Improper Levity: Sarah Elwes’s Calling’ Bodleian Library Record 24(1) 2011
- ‘Godwin, Thelwall and the Means of Progress’ in Godwinian Moments, ed., Victoria Myers & Bob Maniquis, (University of Toronto Press, 2011).
- ‘What is to be Done: Political Theory and Political realism’ European Journal of Political Theory October 2010 vol. 9 no. 4, 466-484.
- The substance and the shadow: Tale of Two Cities and the French revolution, in C. Jones, J McDonagh and J. Mee Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, and the French Revolution (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009).
- ‘Delimiting Political Accountability’ Political Studies 2009, Vol 59 (1), 28-53.
- ‘Political Theory and the Evaluation of Political Conduct’ Social Theory and Practice 34 (3) July 2008, 389-410.
- ‘Peacebuilding and Corruption’ in International Peacekeeping 15(3) June 2008, 310-27.
- ‘Political Theory and History’, in D. Leopold and M. Stears, Political Theory: Methods and Approaches (Oxford University Press, 2008).
- 'Disconcerting Ideas: Explaining Popular Radicalism and Popular Loyalism in the 1790s' in G Burgess and M Festenstein eds., English Radicalism 1550-1850 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007).
- ‘Politics and Memory: Nelson and Trafalgar in Popular Song’ – in D. Cannadine ed., Trafalgar in History (Palgrave, 2006).
- ‘Corruption Definition and Measurement’ in C Sampford et al Measuring Corruption (Ashgate, 2006).
- ‘Modeling Political Corruption in Transition’ in Political Corruption ed., Von Alleman (Verlag, 2005).
- New Dictionary of National Biography entries on William Godwin (5,000) and Thomas Paine (12,000) (Oxford University Press, 2005).
- ‘Enlightenment, Republicanism and Radicalism’ in The Enlightenment World, ed., M Fitzpatrick, P. Jones, K. C. Knellwolf and I. McCalman (London, Routledge, 2004).