2011 Speaker Profiles


Alasdair MacIntyre
Alasdair has written widely in philosophy since his first book, Marxism: An Interpretation, appeared in 1953. He has taught at Oxford University, Princeton University, Brandeis University, Boston University, Wellesley College, Vanderbilt University, Duke University, and the University of Notre Dame, where he was research fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture before moving to CASEP (Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics) at London Metropolitan University on 1st July 2010. His After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Duckworth & University of Notre Dame Press, 2007, 3rd edn.) remains the most important text in the reestablishment of virtue ethics. He has made great contributions to the history of philosophy, to moral philosophy, to the philosophy of politics and of the social sciences, and, especially, to the renewal of Aristotelianism and to its challenge to rival traditions. His recent books include an examination of the philosophical work of Edith Stein set against the background of twentieth century phenomenology entitled Edith Stein: A Philosophical Prologue (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005;  Continuum, 2006), God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), and two volumes of his selected essays, The Tasks of Philosophy and Ethics and Politics (both Cambridge UP, 2006). His work informs that of many others, across a range of disciplines, and has inspired the creation of an International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry. At CASEP, he is undertaking an innovative research project on Common Goods and Political Reasoning.

Plenary Speakers

Kirsten Ainley
Kirsten is Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics.  Her research focuses on international political theory, international criminal law, human rights and humanitarian intervention. The core concern that motivates her research is to identify the ethical practices that operate in international relations and to explore the history, inherent assumptions and empirical effects of these practices. She is particularly interested in the development and politics of international criminal law, in whether and how virtue ethics can be applied to international relations, and in notions of individual and collective responsibility, both in international law and in international political theory.  She has authored “Individual Agency and Responsibility for Atrocity” (in Renee Jeffery ed., Confronting Evil in International Relations, Palgrave, 2008), “The International Criminal Court on Trial” (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, forthcoming) and  “Excesses of Responsibility: The Limits of Law and the Possibilities of Politics” (Ethics and International Affairs, forthcoming).

Nicolas Laos
Nicolas is a faculty member of the Saint Elias Seminary and Graduate School in Virginia, USA, where he teaches political and moral philosophy and cultural diplomacy and co-ordinates a research programme in conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution. He is a political consultant, specializing in country analysis and risk analysis. Previously, he taught in Athens on the European University’s Postgraduate Programme. His most recent publications include the following two books which will appear in 2011: Normative Theory of International Relations: Platonic Philosophy and a Post-Nihilistic Approach to Politics, and Foundations of Cultural Diplomacy: Politics among Cultures and the Moral Autonomy of Man. His higher education includes mathematics, international relations and finance, as well as philosophy of religion and metaphysics.

Ron Beadle
Dr Ron Beadle is Reader in Organization and Business Ethics at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK.  He has published empirical applications of theoretical defences of Alasdair MacIntyre’s work in ‘Research in the Sociology of Organisations’, ‘Organisation Studies’, ‘Analyse and Kritik’, ‘Culture and Organization’, ‘Philosophy of Management’, ‘Tamara – Journal of Critical Post-Modern Organization Science’ and the ‘Journal of Ayn Rand Studies’. Ron’s empirical work is undertaken in the traditional travelling circus, a setting which features elements of the lives of practice-based communities.  He is a member of CASEP and the CAS Special Interest group of the PSA, sits on the editorial board of ‘Philosophy of Management’ and the executive of the ‘International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry’

Keith Breen
Keith is Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen’s University Belfast. His interests lie in democratic theory, theories of modernity, neo-Aristotelianism, and the philosophy of work. He has published in a number of journals (Philosophy & Social Criticism, Contemporary Political Theory, The European Legacy, Res Publica) and edited collections on communitarian politics, the thought of Alasdair MacIntyre and Hannah Arendt, critical theory, and the right to meaningful work. A key focus of his most recent research has been the fraught relationship between violence and power. He is currently editing a volume on nationalism and postnationalism, entitled After the Nation?: Critical Reflections on Nationalism and Postnationalism (Palgrave, 2010). His study of Weber’s influence on Arendt, Habermas, and MacIntyre – Under Weber’s Shadow: Modernity, Subjectivity and Politics in  the Work of Arendt, Habermas, and MacIntyre (Ashgate) – is forthcoming. Keith also co-edits Ashgate’s monograph and edited volume series, Rethinking Political and International Theory.

Panel Speakers

Russell Keat
Russell Keat is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh. His current research is concerned with the ethical character of market institutions and of different kinds of capitalism. This follows on from previous work on the boundaries between market and non-market spheres, with publications including Cultural Goods and the Limits of the Market (2000) and, co-edited with Nick Abercrombie and Nigel Whiteley, The Authority of the Consumer (1994) and Enterprise Culture (1991). Recent papers are available at www.russellkeat.net. Earlier research included work on realist philosophy of social science (Social Theory as Science, with John Urry, 1975/1982); Habermas’s critical theory (The Politics of Social Theory, 1981), and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology (Understanding Phenomenology, with Michael Hammond and Jane Howarth, 1991).

James Connelly
James is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Hull. He teaches political theory, contemporary political philosophy and environmental politics. He has published two editions of his co-authored book Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice and several articles on the politics and ethics of the environment; he is currently writing a monograph on environmental virtues and citizenship. He also writes on the political philosophy of R.G. Collingwood and the other British Idealists, on the philosophy of history, on electoral systems and political participation.

Gideon Calder

Gideon is Reader in Ethics and Social Philosophy at the University of Wales, Newport.  He has written two books on the philosophy of Richard Rorty, and co-edited books on liberalism and social justice, citizenship, the welfare state, climate change, and differential treatment of minority groups.  His work has appeared in Political Studies, Critical Research in International Social and Political Theory, Basic Income Studies, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Analyse & Kritik, New Formations and elsewhere, and has covered issues ranging from sexual consent to the ethics of sporting boycotts, and public transport to the possibility of shared European values. He was until recently co-editor of Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy.  He also co-edited a special issue of Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy on ‘Climate Change and Liberal Priorities’, which appeared in March 2011.  He is currently writing a book about democracy.

Katerina Sideri
Katerina completed her PhD at the LSE, and is currently lecturing at the University of Crete. She is associate research fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. She is the author of Law’s Practical Wisdom: The Theory and Practice of Law Making in New Governance Structures in the European Union (Ashgate, 2007) and  is now working on a book entitled Bioethics, Justice, and Practical Wisdom. Her research interests lie in the area of justice and (bio)ethics, law and social theory, governance and pluralism, and the legal regulation of new technologies. She is currently working on the neo-Aristotelian tradition of ethics to propose a novel theoretical framework to come to grips with ethical dilemmas (concerning e.g. pharmaceutical patents, GM food, genetic enhancement, and cloning) emerging in the context of biotechnology, and to reflect on the ways a model of justice sensitive to promoting deliberation can accommodate them. Her work stresses the importance of deliberation, reflects on the notion of human flourishing, enquires into the relational character of justice and ethics, and examines the often unacknowledged stereotypes reproduced in legislation.

Wynne Walker Moskop
Wynne is Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Saint Louis University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of Western political thought, American political thought, feminist theory, and Leadership and Culture. His general research interest is the relationship between politics and virtue, with emphasis on contemporary applications of Aristotelian prudence.  His current book manuscript is tentatively titled Puzzles of Prudence: Toward a Paradigm for Political Leadership and Political Judgment.   He has previously published article length applications of prudence to two U.S. presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.  The latter article, which appeared originally in Political Psychology, will be included in Political Leadership, ed. David Bell (Sage, forthcoming 2011).  He is also interested in Aristotelian friendship as a critique of/alternative to modern justice. A recent publication is “Justice As Friendship: An Aristotelian Perspective on Global and Local Justice,” in Justice et Injustices Spatiales, ed. Bernard Bret et al (Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2010).  He has a related article in progress on “Feminist Care Theory and Global Justice.”

Rafael Ramis Barceló
Rafael is Assistant Professor of Legal History at University of Balearic Islands and Research Scholar at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). He graduated in Law, Philosophy, Literature (classical comparative literature), Political Sciences and Sociology. He holds a Master in Law at Pompeu Fabra University and a DEA (Master of Science thesis option) in Moral and Political Philosophy at UNED (Madrid). He was academic advisor at Penyafort-Montserrat College at University of Barcelona, 2005-2010. His specialty is the history of legal, moral and political thought and he has written several contributions on the historiography of legal anthropology, history and theories of natural law (especially Aristotle and Aristoteliansm), intellectual and institutional history of universities (mainly the Lullian University of Mallorca), as well as on philosophical and jurisprudential traditions in Europe.

Mustafa Ongun
Mustafa has a BA (with Distinction) in Philosophy from the Middle East Technical University and an MA (with Distinction) in Human Rights and Social Justice from London Met. He has won two scholarships to undertake doctoral research with CASEP at London Metropolitan University, in which he brings MacIntyre’s social and political philosophy into engagement with that of Foucault.

Tom Angier
Tom is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has  two published monographs: Either Kierkegaard/Or Nietzsche: Moral Philosophy in a New Key (Ashgate, 2006), and Techne in Aristotle’s Ethics: Crafting the Moral Life (Continuum, 2010). His interests are in ethics and politics, especially in the history of these philosophical sub-disciplines. It was in large part owing to the work of Alasdair MacIntyre that he worked on Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and then moved into working on the core ancient authors (Plato and Aristotle). Tom’s future research will bridge his extant areas of interest: he is very interested in mounting a critique of Rawlsian liberalism, grounded in ancient sources, and in further exploring what is fascinating about (and deeply wrong with) Nietzsche.

Eleni Leontsini
Eleni is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Ioannina. Under the supervision of Prof. Richard Stalley, she received her PhD in 2002 from the Department of Philosophy of the University of Glasgow where she also taught from 1998 to 2004. She has also taught at the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Athens, and the Peloponnese. Her main research interest is in moral and political philosophy, ancient, modern and contemporary, and, in particular, Aristotle and neo-Aristotelianism. She has a special interest in the philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre and is currently completing a monograph on his appropriation of Aristotle. She is also working on a book on the relation between Aristotelian civic friendship and contemporary political theory. She has given papers in conferences and has published widely in journals and collected volumes. Her doctoral thesis was published as The Appropriation of Aristotle in the Liberal-Communitarian Debate (S. Saripolos Library, 2007).

Katinka Waelbers
Katinka is employed as a researcher at Maastricht University. Her research focuses on philosophy of technology, environmental philosophy, and bio-ethics. Her writing combines STS (science and technology studies), pragmatism and Aristotelianism in tackling complex problems of our current high-technological culture, while also aiming to develop a contemporary Aristotelianism.

Ronald Weed
Ronald Weed is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick. His interests focus on Ancient Greek philosophy (especially Aristotle), but also include modern political thought and contemporary ethics.  He is the author of Aristotle on Stasis: A Moral Psychology of Political Conflict and coeditor (with John von Heyking) of Civil Religion in Political Thought.

Hendrik Hansen
Dr. Hendrik Hansen is Privatdozent (Lecturer) in Politics & Government at the University of Passau. He studied economics, politics and political philosophy in Berlin and Paris. In 1998 he got his PhD in Economics at the Technical University Freiberg. He has been visiting Professor in International Political Economy and History of Political Ideas at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, USA), the University of Erfurt and the University of Regensburg. Dr Hansen’s areas of research interest are the history of political ideas (political and economic liberalism; political philosophy of Ancient Greece, esp. Plato and Aristotle; Marxism), Politics & Economics and Islamism.

Dhananjay Jagannathan
Dhananjay is studying for an MPhil in Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge. His research interests lie in all areas of ancient philosophy, especially ethics, moral psychology, and political philosophy, and in their contemporary analogues. Dhananjay has a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from the University of Texas at Austin, an MSt in Ancient Philosophy from Oxford, and will start a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Chicago this fall. He is studying in the UK on a Marshall Scholarship.

Barry MacLeod-Cullinane
Barry’s professional life for the past decade has been one of practical politics – he worked as a political adviser in local government (at London Councils) and is an elected local councillor and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Harrow Council.  His academic background is in economics (York) and extensive graduate work in political philosophy (York, Hull, and, later, the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona (1997-99), working with Dave Schmidtz, Julia Annas, Tom Christiano, Gordon Tullock and Allen Buchanan). His research interests are in virtue ethics, utilitarianism and procedural natural law theory or legal naturalism as espoused by Lon Fuller. He has been studying Lon Fuller’s work for over 18 years and finds his thought very amenable to a Thomist-Aristotelian perspective.

Piotr Machura
Piotr is Assistant Professor of Ethics at University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He had also been a visiting research fellow for CASEP (Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics) at London Metropolitan University.  In his work he combines Aristotelian political and ethical ideas with those of continental hermeneutics. He deals with the concept of moral ideals as well as with problems of individual and social identity, moral education, and practical conduct.

Dohyoung Kim
Dohyoung is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests lie in moral reasoning in Aristotle’s ethics.

Laura Cortes Andreu
Laura Cortés graduated in Philosophy (2009) at University of Barcelona (UB). She got her MA in Contemporary Philosophy at the same institution (2010). She is currently a PhD Candidate in Contemporary Aristotelianism. Her area of research is contemporary interest in Aristotle’s ethical and political theory and, in particular, the possibilities and limits of virtue ethics as a theory able to be confronted with Kantianism and utilitarianism.

Mostafa Younesie
Mostafa is Assistant Professor of Classical Comparative Intellectual History at University of Trabiat Modares in Tehran, Iran. He had also been a visiting research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (Philosophy Department, 2007) and Cornell University (Classical Department, 2011). In his teaching and research he searches for interplays of language and community in the Iranian Greek classical period in order to understand their ways of thinking and speculating, and also for appropriate methods for understanding the political and linguistic speculations of Plato and Aristotle.