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James Gledhill


Dr. J.S. Gledhill
+31 71 527 2727

James Gledhill is a Lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy.

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Fields of interest

  • Political philosophy
  • Critical theory
  • Social philosophy
  • Moral philosophy


My research interests lie at the intersection of the traditions of normative political philosophy and critical social theory, encompassing issues to do with normative justification, the nature and role of social practices and institutions, and democratic constitution-making. I am fundamentally interested in questions about the nature and purpose of political philosophy and about what it means for political philosophy to be 'realistically utopian'. I have a particular interest in the work of John Rawls and J├╝rgen Habermas and, in the history of political thought, that of Rousseau, Kant and Hegel. My current research looks at the political theories of Rawls and Habermas in relation to the framework of Hegel's Philosophy of Right.


I received my PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies 'Justitia Amplificata' at Goethe University Frankfurt. I have taught at the LSE, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Amsterdam, and at Vesalius College in Brussels.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number 2.04


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