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Robert D Fine

EMERITUS Professor of Sociology

I am researching and writing in the areas of social theory, cosmopolitanism, human rights and antisemitism.

I am Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University of Warwick. I was Head of Department, founding director of Social Theory Centre, and convenor of MA Social and Political Thought. I had many PhD students who are teaching and researching in universities across the world. I continue to supervise PhD students.

I am on the Executive of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and helped establish ESA Network 31 on Racism and Antisemitism, for which I co-edited a Special Issue of European Societies on ‘Racism and Antisemitism in Contemporary Europe’ (2012). I also recently co-edited a Special Issue of Journal of Classical Sociology on ‘Natural law and the rise of social theory’ (2013).

I have conducted theoretical research on Enlightenment, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Marxism, Arendt, social theory after the Holocaust, human rights and cosmopolitanism. I have also conducted more substantive research on civil liberties and trade unionism in the UK, antiracism and the labour movement in South Africa, and antisemitism in Europe.

I am currently writing a jointly authored monograph on Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism (Bloomsbury) and a single authored monograph on Hannah Arendt's Philosophical Sociology.  

Past monographs include:

  • Cosmopolitanism (Routledge 2007)
  • Democracy and the Rule of Law: Marx’s Critique of the Legal Form (Blackburn Press 2002; Pluto 1984/ 1985)
  • Political Investigations: Hegel, Marx, Arendt (Routledge 2001)
  • Being Stalked: A Memoir (Chatto and Windus, 1997)
  • Beyond Apartheid: Labour and Liberation in South Africa (with Dennis Davis, Pluto 1990).

Co-edited collections include:

  • ‘Racism and Antisemitism in Contemporary Europe’ (Special Issue European Societies 2012)
  • ‘Natural law and the rise of social theory’ (Special Issue Journal of Classical Sociology 2013).
  • ‘Cosmopolitanism: Past and Future’ (Special issue European Journal of Social Theory 2007)
  • Social Theory after the Holocaust (Liverpool University Press 2000)
  • People, Nation and State (IB Tauris 1999)
  • Civil Society: Democratic Perspectives (Frank Cass 1997)
  • Policing the Miners' Strike (Lawrence and Wishart, 1985)
  • Capitalism and the Rule of Law (Hutchinson 1979).

Forthcoming publications include

  • ‘Antisemitism and the cosmopolitan imagination’, in Anastasia Marinopoulou (ed) On Cosmopolitan Modernity, Peter Lang, 2014.
  • 'Hauke Brunkhorst: reflections on the idea of normative progress', in Chris Thornhill (ed) Special Issue on 'The Legal Thought of Hauke Brunkhorst', Social and Legal Studies, 2014.
  • 'Hannah Arendt's Jewish Writings' in Peter Baehr (ed) The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt, Anthem Press 2014.

Recent articles and chapters include:

  • ‘Natural law and critical theory: bringing rights back in’, in Daniel Chernilo and Robert Fine (eds)‘Natural law and Social Theory’, Classical Sociology, 2013.
  • ‘Thoughts on the legitimacy of human rights’, in Aldo Mascareno and Kathya Araujo (eds) Legitimization in World Society, Ashgate 2012.
  • Robert Fine, 'Rights, Law and subjectivity: configuring Arendt and Adorno' in Samir Gandesha and Lars Rensmann (eds.) Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Questions, Stanford University Press, 2012.
  • Glynis Cousin and Robert Fine ‘A common cause: reconnecting the study of racism and antisemitism’, in Christine Achinger and Robert Fine (eds) ‘Racism and antisemitism in contemporary Europe’, European Societies, 2012.
  • ‘Beyond Leviathan: Hegel’s contribution to the critique of human rights’, in Andrew Buchwalter (ed) Hegel and Global Justice, Springer 2011 .
  • ‘Kant’s cosmopolitanism and the critique of natural law’, in Maria Rovisco and Magdalena Nowicka (eds) Ashgate Companion to Cosmopolitanism, Ashgate, 2011
Current PhD students;
  • Joshua Lowe (with Charles Turner) on Legitimacy of the Modern Age.
  • Paraskevi Gikopoulou on Greek Holocaust and Understanding Evil
  • Emma Lowman (with Clare Anderson) on Missionary History in British Columbia.




Department of Sociology
Warwick University
Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

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