Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Derek Edyvane

Associate Professor in Political Theory

I am a lecturer in political theory, and I specialise in the area of contemporary political philosophy. My first degree was a BA in history and politics from Lancaster University.

After graduating, I went to the University of York, where I studied first for an MA and then for a PhD in political philosophy. Having completed the PhD, I was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. I joined POLIS in 2007.

Research Interests

My research covers a range of issues and problems in contemporary political philosophy. I am particularly interested in the concept of political community and its relationship to the moral diversity and conflict characteristic of modern liberal democracies. I also have research interests in multiculturalism, political ethics and political liberalism.

Current Research Projects

Liberal Realism: The Fate of Freedom in an Age of Insecurity

Living Together: Rethinking Social Unity for a Multi-Faith Society


Presently, my teaching includes the following modules:

Justice, Community and Conflict (Level 2) Political Theory in Action (MA)

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise enthusiastic research students in a range of areas including:

  • Ideas of community, solidarity and belonging
  • Multiculturalism
  • Political liberalism and toleration
  • Realism and moralism in political philosophy
  • Political ethics (problems of dirty hands)

Key Publications


  • Edyvane, D.J. (2012) Civic Virtue and The Sovereignty of Evil: Public Morality in Uncertain Times (Routledge)
  • Edyvane, D. and Matravers, M. (eds) (2012) Toleration Re-Examined (Routledge)
  • Edyvane, D.J. (2007) Community and Conflict: The Sources of Liberal Solidarity. Palgrave MacMillan.

Journal Articles

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