Author profile: James Wakefield

James Wakefield teaches political theory and intellectual history at Cardiff University and Swansea University. He is the author of Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism and co-editor, with Bruce Haddock, of Thought Thinking: The Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile. His research interests are in political and moral theory, and include the ethics of education, liberal perfectionism and the role of the emotions in reasoning.

Review – Distributive Justice Debates in Political and Social Thought

James Wakefield • Apr 23 2017 • Features
While Boisen and Murray do not quite meet the aims they set themselves, their edited volume is a worthy and frequently suggestive contribution to modern political theory.

Review – Liberal Realism: a Realist Theory of Liberal Politics

James Wakefield • Jul 7 2015 • Features
An engaging, perceptive and well-judged contribution which will give even those who disagree with the realist critique a reason to reflect on their own principles.

Student Book Features: Anarchist Political Theory

James Wakefield • Oct 4 2013 • Features
The arguments against politics and for anarchy presented in these two recently re-issued books are problematic. Nonetheless they cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Review – Modernism and Totalitarianism

James Wakefield • Aug 7 2013 • Features
Shorten’s case for considering totalitarianism a modern phenomenon is scholarly in the best sense, providing an insightful overview of the evidence and drawing a qualified conclusion.

Review – Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

James Wakefield • Jul 14 2013 • Features
In political theory, constructivism is probably best known from the work of John Rawls. The twelve essays included in Lenman and Shemmer’s new book show how far this provocative doctrine has been developed in recent years.

Review – Conscience: A Very Short Introduction

James Wakefield • Apr 25 2013 • Features
Paul Strohm’s 'Conscience' is at once an accessible, thought-provoking and often entertaining introduction to a controversial topic - a tour from the historic origins of the term right through to the present day.

Review – Beyond Consequentialism

James Wakefield • Mar 6 2013 • Features
Consequentialism is at once a provocative and problematic moral doctrine. Paul Hurley exposes the confusions and equivocations in its foundational assumptions.

Review – Foundations of Freedom

James Wakefield • Feb 7 2013 • Features
Simon R. Clarke suggests that whatever our present convictions about the value of freedom, we have good reason to keep debating its uses and abuses. For that, this book deserves high praise.

Student Book Features: Four Ways into Political Philosophy

James Wakefield • Sep 11 2012 • Features
Buying a good textbook to help navigate any subject is essential. Each of the texts discussed here brings students to the discipline via a different route.

Review – The Philosophy of Sociality

James Wakefield • Sep 6 2012 • Features
Raimo Tuomela explicates the concept of "us" and what it means to act as group. What Tuomela does in this book is to examine an old idea and reveal what we understood by it all along.

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