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Professor Mark Philp

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Office Hours:


Room 3.11, third floor of the Faculty of Arts Building
+44 (0)24 76150927 (x50927) 
Do please contact me by email if you wish to see me - I aim to respond quickly and am happy to talk in some form outside designated office hours

These are, formally: Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00


Research Interests

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 political conduct and corruption, the re-imagining of democracy at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries in Central and Northern Europe, a project on the Diaries of William Upcott, and on familial justice and ageing.

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 EUILink opens in a new window and the interview there about aspects of my work in this area ( There is a Kenya dimension to these interests details of which can be found on the following website:

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:

I co-direct with Joanna Innes (Oxford) the research project 'Re-imagining Democracy 1750-1850' see; 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 and the Barricades Project: opens in a new window

I 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.

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Academic Career

  • 2013-present: Professor of History and Politics, University of Warwick
  • 2014-2022 Director of Research and Impact, History
  • 2013-2018 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



Recent publications include


  • with Clare Clarke, The Diary of Sharon Turner, 1793-95 University of Warwick, December 2023)
  • E. Posado-Carbo, J. Innes and M. Philp eds., Re-imagining Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean (New York, Oxford University Press, 2023).
  • 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:

  • 'The Passions, Real Politics, and the Practice of Political Theory: an interview with Mark Philp' Politics and Poetics V, July 2023
  • 'Touch: Changing norms of physical contact between men and women in 18th century England' Dix Huitieme Siecle 55, 2023, 63-77
  • 'Candour, Courage and the Calculation of Consequences in Godwin's 1790s' in Eliza O'Brien et al, New Approaches to William Godwin (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2021)
  • 'Music and Movement 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 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).