I am a professor of political theory in the Government Department. I have worked on a wide variety of topics in philosophy, social theory and the history of ideas but I am particularly interested in 19th and 20th century European philosophy and in contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy.
I studied PPE as an undergraduate in Oxford (1970-74) before studying in Frankfurt and returning to complete my doctorate under Charles Taylor at Oxford (1980). I taught at Harvard, Oxford and University College London before becoming Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford (1990). I moved to Harvard in 2006.
At Harvard, I have taught a broad range of subjects, including courses on German Idealism, Hegel, Marx, Adorno, Rawls and Contemporary Political Philosophy. Recently, I edited (with Brian Leiter) the Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy (2007) and have completed a book on dignity which will be published by Harvard University Press in 2012.