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Dr Ed Hall

 Ed Hall

LSE Fellow in Government 

Email: e.hall@lse.ac.uk|  
Office: STC 583
Office Hours: Mondays from 2-4pm (By appointment only).
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7193



I obtained my PhD from the LSE in 2014 with a thesis on the political thought of Bernard Williams having previously received a BA in Philosophy and Politics from Durham University and an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford. My research interests lie in contemporary political theory and British political thought since the Second World War. Current projects focus on the realist critique of mainstream Anglo-American political philosophy and the nature of security as a political good. In the longer term, I plan on writing a full-length study of a 'realist' strand of late twentieth century British political thought by examining how it contrasts with the “high-liberalism” of much contemporary American political philosophy. 

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GV100: Introduction to Political Theory

Research Interests

  • Contemporary political theory (especially contemporary debates about "political realism")
  • British political thought since the second world war (in particular the ethical and political philosophy of Bernard Williams)


‘Bernard Williams and the Basic Legitimation Demand: A Defence’, Political Studies, DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12070, (forthcoming: Early View 13th September 2013). 

‘The Limits of Bernard Williams’s Critique of Political Moralism’, Ethical Perspectives¸ Vol. 20, No. 2, (June 2013), pp. 217 – 243.

Political Realism and Fact-Sensitivity’, Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy, Vol. 19, No.2, (May, 2013), pp. 173 – 181.

‘Hobbes’s Liberty and Skinner’s Discontent’, Politics, Vol. 30, No.1, (Feb, 2010), pp. 11 – 17