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Alan Haworth

Alan Haworth is a political philosopher. He was educated at the University of Keele and, as a postgraduate, at London University (Birkbeck and University College). Throughout his lecturing career he was based mainly at London Metropolitan University (including its predecessors), first in the philosophy section of the Faculty of Humanities and subsequently in the Department of Law, Governance, and International Relations. As a teacher, he developed and taught courses in Ethics, Contemporary Political Philosophy, and the History of Political Philosophy.

Alan Haworth is the author of Anti-Libertarianism: Markets Philosophy and Myth (Routledge 1994), Free Speech (Routledge 1998), and Understanding the Political Philosophers: from Ancient to Modern Times (Routledge 2004). He is a regular contributor to a number of scholarly journals and, quite frequently, to The Philosophers' Magazine. He is an editorial advisor to  Res Publica. (That’s Res Publica  the academic journal, not the right-wing think tank of the same name.)

Dr Haworth has recently completed a revised and updated second edition of Understanding the Political Philosophers.

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Anti‑Libertarianism: Markets, Philosophy, and Myth,  Routledge, 1994

Free Speech, Routledge 1998

Understanding the Political Philosophers: From Ancient to Modern Times, Routledge, 2004: Second Edition 2012

Chapters in Books

‘Political Philosophy’ 6,000 word entry for A.C.Grayling & Andrew Pyle, eds.; The Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, Thoemmies Continuum, June 2006

‘Libertarisme’, in Sylvie Mesure & Patrick Savidan, eds., Dictionnaire des Sciences Humaines, 2006, Quadrige/ Presses Universitaires de France, 

‘Introduction’ to Alan Haworth, ed., Right to Object?: Conscientious Objection and Religious Conviction, British Humanist Association, 2011 


Genes and Citizens: Can Moral Philosophy learn from Evolutionary Biology?' Res Publica, Vol 7, No 2, 2001)

‘Liberalism, Abstract Individualism, and the Problem of  Particular Obligations’, Res Publica, Vol 11, No 4, 2005

‘Democracy’,Think, issue 12, Spring 2006

‘On Mill, Infallibility, and Freedom of Expression’, Res Publica, Vol. 13, No.1, 2007: reprinted in Glen Newey, ed., Freedom of Expression: Counting the Costs, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.  

‘”On Liberty” 150 Years On’, The Philosophers Magazine, 46, 3rd Quarter, 2009

‘Worst Past the Post’, The Philosophers Magazine, 4th Quarter, 2010


 Review of Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Politics of Identity, in the Philosophers’ Magazine, Issue 31/3rd quarter/2005

Review of Chantal Mouffe, On the Political, in the Philosophers’ Magazine, issue 32, 4th quarter, 2005

Review of William Galston, The Practice of Liberal Pluralism, in the Philosophers’ Magazine, issue 33, first quarter 2006

‘On liberty and debate’, letter in THES, 14/4/06

Review of Stephen Macedo,, Democracy at Risk, - in Democratization, Vol.13, No.5, December 2006

Review of Daniel Attas, Liberty, Property, and Markets, in Political Studies Review, Vol.5, No.1, January 2007

Review of Kevin Olson, Reflexive Democracy, in Democratization, forthcoming

‘Academic Freedom’, (with Steve Fuller) Philosophers Magazine,  Issue 38, 2nd Quarter, 2007

Review of John Rawls, Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy, Philosophers Magazine, Issue 39, 3rd Quarter, 2007

‘Free Speech does not Mean the Freedom to Abuse’. The Independent, September 6th, 2007

Review of Anthony H.Birch, The Concepts and Theories of Modern Democracy, in Democratization, Vol. 15, No.4, August 2008

BHA ‘flyer’ on John Stuart Mill. – for circulation to parliamentarians, week beginning 09/03/09

Review of Jason Brennan, The Ethics of Voting, Philosophers’ Magazine, forthcoming.


8/11/09: Interviewed on Sunday Sequence, BBC Radio Ulster

2011:  Interview on the subject of free speech. This is one part of a ten part ‘philosophybites’ series sponsored by the Open University. (You can find this at


25/02/2005: ‘Abstract Individuals and Particular Obligations’; Staff/Postgraduate research seminar, University of Hull

10/03/2005: ‘Abstract Individuals and Particular Obligations’; presentation to a meeting of POLIS, London Metropolitan University.

19/04/2005: ‘Some Remarks on Liberalism’; Human Rights Advocacy Society, London Metropolitan University.

24/07/2005: ‘Free Speech in the 21st Century’. Conference on freedom of speech and expression, University of Strathclyde.

04/11/2005: ‘Human Rights’; Human Rights Advocacy Society, London Metropolitan University.

14/01/2006: [Keynote Presentation] ‘Free Speech in the 21st Century. Conference on ‘The Limits of Toleration’, Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University. 

22/09/06: Presentation ‘On Mill, Infallibility, and Freedom of Expression’, conference on ‘Medicine and the Body Politic’, University of Brighton

17/10/06: Presentation, ‘On Mill, Infallibility, and Freedom of Expression’, University of Wales, Newport

07/03/07: Presentation, ‘Free Speech’, British Humanist Association, Cambridge University.

20/04/07: Presentation, ‘From Universal Facts to Universal Values’, annual conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy, Keele University

19/9/07: [Keynote Presentation], ‘Let’s Take Free Speech Seriously’. Morell Conference, Morrell Centre, University of York

20/2/08: Presentation, ‘Let’s Take Free Speech Seriously’,LGIR Staff Seminar, London Metropolitan University

21/2/08: ‘Political Animals & Social Clones’, Staff/Postgraduate Political Theory seminar, London School of Economics.

04/2/09: Presentation, ‘On Liberty and the Global Order, Royal Institute of Philosophy, University of Bradford

08/04/09: Presentation, ‘On Liberty and the Global Order’ Political Studies Association annual conference, University of Manchester

21/10/09: Presentation, ‘On the Reformation, Rawls, and the Nature of Liberalism’, Postgraduate/ Staff Research Seminar, Institute of Education, University of London

08/03/2010: Informal Presentation, ‘Democracy’, to sixth formers takinmg A level philosophy at Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney, Northants

21/04/2010: Presentation, ‘On the Reformation. Rawls, and the Nature of Liberalism’, Postgraduate/ Staff Research Seminar (Politics Department), London Metropolitan University.

03/06/2010: When, if at all, is it permissible to grant exemption from legal requirements on religious grounds?, Symposium organised by the British Humanist Association

28/06/2010:Reading week presentation to 6th formers taking A level Politics.: ’The Liberalism of Mill & Rawls’, Jewish Free School, Kenton, North London.

30/10/2011: Presentation, ‘Lets Take Free Speech Seriously’, South Place Ethical Society, Conway Hall.

03/11/2011: Panel member at launch of Right to Object?: Conscientious Objection and Religious Conviction, (published by the British Humanist Association and edited by myself)


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