Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Derek Edyvane

Associate Professor in Political Theory

I teach political theory, and specialise in the area of contemporary political philosophy. I am particularly interested in issues at the intersection of political theory and everyday life. I have written about political community, civic virtue, toleration and justice.

Before coming to Leeds, I completed my PhD and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of York.

Research Interests

My recent work has focused on the concepts of incivility and injustice, and the ethics of political resistance. I am interested in the responsibilities that ordinary citizens have to confront injustice, and in the ethical considerations that bear on that confrontation.

I also have longstanding interests in community, multiculturalism, political ethics and political liberalism. My work has been supported by grants from the AHRC, the ESRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the White Rose Consortium.


I teach at all levels in the School. Recent modules have included 'Freedom, Power and Resistance' (level 1), 'Justice, Community and Conflict' (level 2), and 'Political Theory in Action' (MA)

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective research students in all areas related to my research, such as:

  • Injustice and the ethics of political resistance
  • Multiculturalism and community
  • Political liberalism and toleration
  • Political ethics (the problem 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

  • Edyvane, D. and Kulenovic, E. 'Disruptive Disobedience'. Journal of Politics, forthcoming 2017.
  • Edyvane, D. 'Toleration and Civility'. Social Theory and Practice, forthcoming 2017.
  • Edyvane, D. 'The Passion for Civility'. Political Studies Review, forthcoming 2017.
  • Edyvane, D. 'The Ethics of Democratic Deceit'. Journal of Applied Philosophy 32/3 (2015).
  • Edyvane, D. 'What is the Point of a Public Morality?' Political Studies 60/1 (2012) - Shortlisted for the 2013 Harrison Prize
  • Edyvane, D. 'Justice as Conflict: The Question of Stuart Hampshire'. Contemporary Political Theory 7/3 (2008).

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