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Profile: Dr Dan Taylor

Dr Dan Taylor

The Open University, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Professional biography

Dan joined The Open University in July 2020. Before that, he taught at Goldsmiths, University of London, Lawrence University, the Mary Ward Centre, and the University of Roehampton.

He has a PhD in Philosophy from Roehampton (2017) and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths.

Research interests

Dan works in political theory, and his research spans contemporary political theory and the history of political thought. He is interested in the 17th century philosopher Spinoza, the subject of his PhD and third book, and this interest extends to early modern political thought more broadly. He has also written widely on British politics, contemporary political theory and cultural studies. His most recent book is Spinoza and the Politics of Freedom (Edinburgh University Press, 2021). Prior to that, he wrote Island Story: Journeys Through Unfamiliar Britain, a political travelogue published in 2016, and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2017; and Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era (Zero, 2013).

PhD supervision

Dan enjoys postgraduate supervision and welcome inquiries from students working on contemporary political theory, the history of political thought, or projects related to Spinoza.

Teaching interests

Dan works on a number of modules in politics, including the level 3 module Modern Political Ideas (DD316), and the level 2 module Understanding Politics: Ideas and Institutions in the Modern World (DD211).

Impact and engagement

Dan has presented his research nationally and internationally over two-dozen times. He has been an invited speaker at the OECD Forum in Paris, 2017, several Radio 4 programmes (Open Country, Moral Maze, and Making History) and at the House of Commons. Dan has published articles in the New Statesman, The Conversation and numerous other left-wing magazines and websites.

International links

Peer review for MIT Press, Edinburgh University Press, Political Theory, History of European Ideas, the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Constellations, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books, and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

Dr Dan Taylor's activities

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