Professor John Horton

Title: Professor of Political Philosophy
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733348
Email: j.horton@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBA 1.027
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I studied at the University College of Swansea, Wales, obtaining a B.Sc.(Econ.) in Politics and Sociology and an M.Sc.(Econ.) in Politics. I formerly taught at the University of York, where I was also for several years Director of Morrell Studies in Toleration. My principal research interests are contemporary political philosophy and literature and political theory. I have just completed a revised edition of my book Political Obligation (Palgrave) and I am currently working on the political theory of modus vivendi. In the past I have published extensively on political obligation, toleration, freedom, justice, public reason, literature, political theory, the nature of political philosophy and several leading political theorists.

I was Head of the Department of Politics from 1995 to 1998 and the founding Head of SPIRE between 1999 and 2002, and Head again between 2004 and 2007. I have served on Senate and been a member University Council, as well as serving on numerous University committees, including chairing the University Examinations Appeals Committee.

I am also a member of the Research Institute for Social Sciences.

Further details of publications, awards and grants.

Contemporary Political Philosophy, esp political obligation, toleration, liberalism, communitarianism, justice, justification and the work of John Rawls, Alasdair MacIntyre, John Gray and Richard Rorty.

Selected Publications

  • Horton J. 2017. What Might it Mean for Political Theory to Be More ‘Realistic’?. Philosophia. doi> link>
  • Horton J and Windeknecht RG. 2015. Is There a Distinctively Associative Account of Political Obligation?. POLITICAL STUDIES, vol. 63(4), 903-918. link> doi>
  • Horton J. 2012. Plural Subjects and Political Obligations. Jurisprudence: an international journal of legal and political thought.
  • Horton J. 2012. Political Legitimacy, Justice and Consent. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 15(2), 129-148. doi>
  • Horton J. 2012. Why liberals should not worry about subsidising opera. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 4, 429-448.

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Journal Articles

  • Horton J. 2017. What Might it Mean for Political Theory to Be More ‘Realistic’?. Philosophia. doi> link>
  • Horton J and Windeknecht RG. 2015. Is There a Distinctively Associative Account of Political Obligation?. POLITICAL STUDIES, vol. 63(4), 903-918. link> doi>
  • Horton J. 2012. Plural Subjects and Political Obligations. Jurisprudence: an international journal of legal and political thought.
  • Horton J. 2012. Political Legitimacy, Justice and Consent. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 15(2), 129-148. doi>
  • Horton J. 2012. Why liberals should not worry about subsidising opera. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 4, 429-448.
  • Horton J. 2011. Self-censorship. Res Publica: a journal of legal and social philosophy, vol. 17, 91-106.
  • Horton J. 2011. The peggy Lee Question: Charles Taylor, Secularism and the Meaning of Life. European Journal of Political theory, vol. 10, 113-121.
  • Horton J. 2011. The Smartest Guys in the Room: Cohen and Sen on Justice. European Journal of Political theory, vol. 10, 430-437.
  • Horton J. 2011. Why the Traditional Conception of Toleration Still Matters. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 14(3), 289-305.
  • Horton J. 2010. Realism, liberal moralism and a political theory of modus vivendi. European Journal of Political theory, vol. 9(4), 431-448. doi>

Chapters

  • Horton J. 2009. Reasonable Disagreement. In Multiculturalism and Moral Conflict. Dimova-Cookson M and Stirk P (Eds.). London: Routledge.
  • Political Concepts
  • The Individual and the Community I