Professor Paul Kelly

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Professor of Political Philosophy

Email:  p.j.kelly@lse.ac.uk|
Office: COL1.01, Columbia House
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12:30
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7190

Biography


Paul Kelly joined the LSE in 1995 after teaching for five years at the University of Wales Swansea. Prior to that he held a visiting research fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School and at the Bentham Project, University College London. He graduated from York University with a First in Philosophy and an MA in Political Theory. His PhD is from the University of London, where he spent two years at LSE and a further year at UCL. He is currently editor of the Journal Utilitas.

Research Interests


  • British political theory from the Seventeenth century to the present, especially the political philosophies of John Locke, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill
  • Liberal Political Philosophy, especially the work of Ronald Dworkin and Brian Barry
  • Multiculturalism
  • Group rights and national identity
  • Equality of outcomes and equality of opportunity
  • Theories of social justice

Featured Book


British Political TheoryBritish Political Theory in the Twentieth Century (Wiley/Blackwell 2010)

A selection of writings from great British political theorists of the twentieth century. These essays illustrate the variety and development of British Political Theory from Idealism to contemporary mulitculturalism and pluralism. They trace the development and transformation of political theory as it follows developments in British politics. The book begins with and interprepative essay that examiners the way in which political theory has been practised and explores the reasons for its transformation. The main body of the text comprises essays and selections from some of the greatest names of British political thought and political science including Bosanquet, Hobhouse, Laski, Cole, Oakeshott, Berlin, Hart and Barry to Carole Pateman, Anne Philips and David Miller among contemporaries. The selection and the interpretive essay show how the development of political theory follows the rise, transformation and challenge to the notion of the British state in the twentieth century.

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Publications


Armitage on Locke on international theory: the two treatises of government and the right of intervention
Kelly, Paul (2014) Armitage on Locke on international theory: the two treatises of government and the right of intervention. History of European Ideas, online . pp. 1-13. ISSN 0191-6599 (In Press)

Political philosophy and the attraction of realism
Kelly, Paul (2014) Political philosophy and the attraction of realism. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, online . pp. 1-13. ISSN 2326-9995 (In Press)

Bishop Butler
Kelly, Paul (2013) Bishop Butler. In: Crimmins, James E., (ed.) The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 68-69. ISBN 9780826429896

Equality
Kelly, Paul (2013) Equality. In: Crimmins, James E., (ed.) The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 139-142. ISBN 9780826429896

Justice
Kelly, Paul (2013) Justice. In: Crimmins, James E., (ed.) The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 296-299. ISBN 9780826429896

Liberalism
Kelly, Paul (2013) Liberalism. In: Crimmins, James E., (ed.) The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 308-310. ISBN 9780826429896

Introduction
Kelly, Paul (2013) Introduction. In: Kelly, Paul, (ed.) The Politics Book. Big ideas simply explained. Dorling Kindersley, pp. 10-15. ISBN 9781409364450

The politics book
Kelly, Paul, ed. (2013) The politics book. Big ideas simply explained . Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 9781409364450

Luòkè yàn zhèngfǔ lùn lì zhōng de guójì gānshè = International intervention in Locke’s two treatises
Kelly, Paul (2013) Luòkè yàn zhèngfǔ lùn lì zhōng de guójì gānshè = International intervention in Locke’s two treatises. Zheng Zhi Si Xiang Shi = Journal of the History of Political Thought, 4 (3). pp. 114-134. ISSN 1674-8662

Multiculturalism in British political theory: a genealogy
Kelly, Paul (2013) Multiculturalism in British political theory: a genealogy. In: Kelly, Paul and Sato, Seishi, (eds.) Studies in Contemporary British Political Thought: Between Pluralism and Multiculturalism. Waseda University Press, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 259-297. ISBN 9784657130051

Studies in contemporary British political thought: between pluralism and multiculturalism
Kelly, Paul and Sato, Seishi, eds. (2013) Studies in contemporary British political thought: between pluralism and multiculturalism. Waseda University Press, Tokyo, Japan. ISBN 9784657130051

The plural paths of British pluralism
Barker, Rodney (2013) The plural paths of British pluralism. In: Sato, Seishi and Kelly, Paul, (eds.) Studies in Contemporary British Political Thought: Between Pluralism and Multiculturalism. Waseda University Press, Tokyo, Japan. ISBN 9784657130051

Book review: masters of the universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the birth of neoliberal politics
Kelly, Paul (2012) Book review: masters of the universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the birth of neoliberal politics. LSE Review of Books (02 Nov 2012) Blog Entry.

Foreword: law, legislation and liberty: a new statement of the liberal principles of justice and political economy
Kelly, Paul (2012) Foreword: law, legislation and liberty: a new statement of the liberal principles of justice and political economy. In: Hayek, F. A., (ed.) Law, Legislation and Liberty: a New Statement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political Economy. Routledge classics. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415522298

Red or orange: The Big Society in the new Conservatism
Kelly, Paul (2012) Red or orange: The Big Society in the new Conservatism. In: Edwards, Jason, (ed.) Retrieving the Big Society. Political quarterly monograph series. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 22-34. ISBN 9781118368787

Contractarian ethics
Kelly, Paul (2011) Contractarian ethics. In: Chadwick, Ruth, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Academic Press, pp. 622-628. ISBN 9780123736321

Book review: the development of a discipline: the history of the political studies association
Kelly, Paul (2011) Book review: the development of a discipline: the history of the political studies association. British Politics and Policy at LSE (30 Oct 2011) Blog Entry.

Rescuing political theory from the tyranny of history
Kelly, Paul (2011) Rescuing political theory from the tyranny of history. In: Floyd, Jonathan and Stears, Marc, (eds.) Political Philosophy Versus History?: Contextualism and Real Politics in Contemporary Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 13-37. ISBN 9780521146883

Multiculturalism is not a coherent policy that can be abandoned; David Cameron’s speech reveals more continuity with Labour’s ‘British national identity’ project than a radical departure from his ‘liberal conservatism’
Kelly, Paul (2011) Multiculturalism is not a coherent policy that can be abandoned; David Cameron’s speech reveals more continuity with Labour’s ‘British national identity’ project than a radical departure from his ‘liberal conservatism’. British Politics and Policy at LSE (11 Feb 2011) Blog Entry.

Book review: the merits of ‘Big Society’ and where it will take us
Kelly, Paul (2011) Book review: the merits of ‘Big Society’ and where it will take us. British Politics and Policy at LSE (23 Jan 2011) Blog Entry.

Jeremy Bentham
Kelly, Paul (2010) Jeremy Bentham. In: Bevir, Mark, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Sage, London, pp. 114-121. ISBN 9781412958653

Philosophic radicalism
Kelly, Paul (2010) Philosophic radicalism. In: Bevir, Mark, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Sage, London, pp. 1041-1045. ISBN 9781412958653

British political theory
Kelly, Paul, ed. (2010) British political theory. Political studies special issues . Wiley-Blackwell / Political Studies Association, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405199995

British political theory in the twentieth century
Kelly, Paul (2010) British political theory in the twentieth century. In: Kelly, Paul, (ed.) British Political Theory in the Twentieth Century. Political studies special issues. Wiley-Blackwell / Political Studies Association, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-36. ISBN 9781405199995

Why equality? On justifying liberal egalitarianism
Kelly, Paul (2010) Why equality? On justifying liberal egalitarianism. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 13 (1). pp. 55-70. ISSN 1369-8230

John Stuart Mill - thought and influence - the saint of rationalism
Kelly, Paul and Varouxakis, Georgios, eds. (2010) John Stuart Mill - thought and influence - the saint of rationalism. Routledge innovations in political theory . Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415555180

John Stuart Mill's thought and legacy: A timely reappraisal
Kelly, Paul and Varoudakis, Georgios (2010) John Stuart Mill's thought and legacy: A timely reappraisal. In: Kelly, Paul and Varouxakis, Georgios, (eds.) John Stuart Mill - Thought and Influence. Routledge innovations in political theory. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9780415555180

The Oakeshottians
Kelly, Paul (2009) The Oakeshottians. In: Flinder, Matthew, Gamble, Andrew, Hay, Colin and Kenny, Michael, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of British Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 154-171. ISBN 9780199230952

Political thinkers: from Socrates to the present (2nd edition)
Boucher, David and Kelly, Paul, eds. (2009) Political thinkers: from Socrates to the present (2nd edition). 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199215522

Liberalism, secularism and the challenge of religion - is there a crisis?
Kelly, Paul (2008) Liberalism, secularism and the challenge of religion - is there a crisis? In: Moore, Henrietta and Held, David, (eds.) Cultural Politics in a Global Age: Uncertainty, Solidarity and Innovation. Oneworld, London, UK, pp. 124-131. ISBN 9781851685509

Equality, marginalisation and freedom of expression
Kelly, Paul (2007) Equality, marginalisation and freedom of expression. In: Newey, Glen, (ed.) Freedom of Speech. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 74-96. ISBN 9781847183606

Locke’s second treatise of government: a reader’s guide
Kelly, Paul (2007) Locke’s second treatise of government: a reader’s guide. Continuum, London, UK. ISBN 9780826492654

Liberalism and epistemic diversity: Mill's sceptical legacy
Kelly, Paul (2006) Liberalism and epistemic diversity: Mill's sceptical legacy. Episteme, 3 (3). pp. 248-265. ISSN 1742-3600

Political theory: the state of the art
Kelly, Paul (2006) Political theory: the state of the art. Politics, 26 (1). pp. 47-53. ISSN 0263-3957

The social theory of anti-liberalism
Kelly, Paul (2006) The social theory of anti-liberalism. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 9 (2). pp. 137-154. ISSN 1369-8230

State and nation versus liberal egalitarianism
Kelly, Paul (2005) State and nation versus liberal egalitarianism. In: Nimni, Ephraim, (ed.) National Cultural Autonomy and Its Contemporary Critics. Routledge innovations in political theory(16). Routledge, London, UK, pp. 166-178. ISBN 9780415249645

Liberalism
Kelly, Paul (2005) Liberalism. Key concepts . Polity Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780745632919

Impartiality: a philosophical perspective
Kelly, Paul (2004) Impartiality: a philosophical perspective. In: Sajo, Andras and Rutt Bentch, Lorri, (eds.) Judicial Integrity. Brill, Leiden, Germany, pp. 17-42. ISBN 9789004140059

Bentham
Kelly, Paul (2003) Bentham. In: Boucher, David and Kelly, Paul, (eds.) Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 307-323. ISBN 9780198781943

Hume
Kelly, Paul (2003) Hume. In: Boucher, David and Kelly, Paul, (eds.) Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford University Press, New York, US, pp. 198-216. ISBN 9780198781943

Introduction: Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present
Kelly, Paul (2003) Introduction: Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. In: Boucher, David and Kelly, Paul, (eds.) Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-20. ISBN 9780198781943

J. S. Mill on Liberty
Kelly, Paul (2003) J. S. Mill on Liberty. In: Boucher, David and Kelly, Paul, (eds.) Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 324-342.

Ideas and policy frameworks in British politics
Kelly, Paul (2003) Ideas and policy frameworks in British politics. In: Dunleavy, Patrick, Gamble, Andrew, Heffernan, Richard and Peele, Gillian, (eds.) Developments in British Politics 7. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 242-260. ISBN 0333987055

Identity, equality and power: tensions in Parekh's theory of multiculturalism
Kelly, Paul (2003) Identity, equality and power: tensions in Parekh's theory of multiculturalism. In: Haddock, Bruce and Sutch, Peter, (eds.) Multiculturalism, Identity and Rights. Routledge innovations in political theory(12). Routledge, London, UK, pp. 94-110. ISBN 041531514x

Defending some dodos: liberty and/or equality
Kelly, Paul (2002) Defending some dodos: liberty and/or equality. In: Kelly, Paul, (ed.) Multiculturalism Reconsidered. Polity Press, Cambridge, pp. 62-80. ISBN 9780745627946

Introduction: between culture and equality
Kelly, Paul (2002) Introduction: between culture and equality. In: Kelly, Paul, (ed.) Multiculturalism Reconsidered. Polity Press, Cambridge, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9780745627946

Multiculturalism reconsidered
Kelly, Paul, ed. (2002) Multiculturalism reconsidered. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 0745627935 0745627943

Political thinkers : from socrates to the present
Kelly, Paul and Boucher, D, eds. (2002) Political thinkers : from socrates to the present. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0198781946

The long shadow of John Stuart Mill: Brian Barry on culture and freedom
Kelly, Paul (2002) The long shadow of John Stuart Mill: Brian Barry on culture and freedom. Contemporary Politics, 8 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 1356-9775

'Dangerous liaisons': Parekh's 'Oakeshottian' multiculturalism
Kelly, Paul (2001) 'Dangerous liaisons': Parekh's 'Oakeshottian' multiculturalism. Political Quarterly, 72 (4). pp. 428-436. ISSN 0032-3179

Classical utilitarianism and the concept of freedom: a response to the republican critique
Kelly, Paul (2001) Classical utilitarianism and the concept of freedom: a response to the republican critique. Journal of Political Ideologies, 6 (1). pp. 13-31. ISSN 1356-9317

British political science: fifty years of political studies
Dunleavy, Patrick, Kelly, Paul J and Moran, Mary, eds. (2000) British political science: fifty years of political studies. Political studies special issues . Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780631224129

Political theory in retreat? contemporary political theory and the historical order
Kelly, Paul (2000) Political theory in retreat? contemporary political theory and the historical order. In: O'Sullivan, Noël, (ed.) Political Theory in Transition. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 225-241. ISBN 9781857288544

Contextual and non-contextual histories of political thought
Kelly, Paul (1999) Contextual and non-contextual histories of political thought. In: Hayward, Jack, Barry, Brian and Brown, Archie, (eds.) The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 37-62. ISBN 9780197262061

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