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Matthew Jones

I joined the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences in 2013 as a Visiting Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. In 2015 I was appointed as Lecturer in Political Science. Prior to this I taught at the University of Westminster, Birkbeck College at University London, and Canterbury Christ Church University.

In 2012 I received my doctorate from Canterbury Christ Church University. My doctorate, entitled Enlightenment Liberalism and the Challenge of Pluralism, focused on ways to mediate the clash between Enlightenment liberalism and pluralism within the modern liberal democratic polity. This research was funded by a three-year studentship. Prior to this I was awarded a BA with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania, Australia.

PhD thesis: "Enlightenment Liberalism and the Challenge of Pluralism" -

Lecturer in Political Science

Course Leader
POLI1054 Comparative Politics
POLI1055 Introducing Politics                                                                                                                                   POLI1054 Comparative Politics
POLI1055 Introducing Politics

Course Participation
POLI1028 International Organisations                                                                                                                   COGA1005 Dissertation                                                                                                                                           SOCI1114 introduction to Social Sciences

(2017) Nominated for Student-Led Inspirational Teaching Award

(2006) Full-Time Research Studentship (3 years), Department of Applied Social Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Editorial Board Membership

Membership of research networks/research associations
* (2010 onwards) The Political Studies Association (PSA), UK
* (2015 onwards) European Consortium for Political Research

* Reviewer for Contemporary Political Theory and Social and Political Theory

My main area of interest is political theory. My primary areas of research include:
- The Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment movements
- Isaiah Berlin and value pluralism
- The political applications of pragmatism
- Chantal Mouffe's theory and application of agonistic pluralism and democracy
- Theories and critiques of liberalism, particularly with regards to forms of pluralism

In addition to these areas, I am also interested in doing further research and teaching in Australian politics, Asian political thought, and environmental politics. I am also interested in collaborative work in any of these areas.

I have published on Chantal Mouffe's agonistic political project (Parallax 2014), as well as review for The Philosophical Forum (42:3). I am currently writing papers on George's Crowder's account of value pluralism, and Richard Rorty's post-modern liberalism analysed through the lens of Mouffe's distinction between 'politics' and 'the political'.

To see Dr Jones' research poster on Post Foundational Politics:Reconciling Liberalism and Pluralism please click to enlarge the image.

Journal articles
M. Jones, "Chantal Mouffe's Agonistic Project: Passions and Participation," Parallax 20, no. 2 (2014): 14-30. 

Author's Accepted Manuscript version available at

Working papers
M. Jones, "Crowder, Value Pluralism, and the Paradox of Freedom."
M. Jones, "Rorty and the Denial of the Political" Working draft:

M. Jones, review of Thomas Brooks & Martha Nussbaum's Rawls's Political Liberalism, in International Dialogue: A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs, vol 6 (2016): 

M. Jones, "Fruitful Misnomers," a chapter review of "Locke and Natural Law," in Terence Irwin's The Development of Ethics: Volume 2 From Suarez to Rousseau, for The Philosophical Forum 42, issue 3 (Fall 2011), pp. 298-299

Media Outputs

"Talking Point: British PM is Kicking Goals for the Other Team," The Mercury, June 13th, 2017 

Interviewed by ABC Northern Tasmania, ABC Tasmania, and The Wire, to discuss the UK General Election results, June 2017 

"Welcome to a Different America," Kent on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 

"Could Trump's momentum take him all the way to the White House?," Kent on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 

"Air attacks on Syria backed by MPs but doubts continue to nag," Kent on Sunday, December 7th, 2015 

"Academics back Hillary in race for White House," Kent on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 

"Just what happened to Labour?," Kent on Sunday, March 17th, 2015

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Richard Rorty's Liberal Utopia: Politics by Administration, 2015 Summer Institute in American Philosophy – "The Reaches of Pragmatism", University College Dublin, 08-13/06/2015

A Rortyian Defence of Same-Sex Marriage, Annual Conference of the Political Thought Specialist Group (UK Political Science Association), King's College, University of London, 26/10/2013

Value Pluralism, Diversity, and the Role of the State
- Association of Legal and Social Philosophy conference, the University of Warwick, 04-06/07/2011 (revised version).
- Brave New World MANCEPT Postgraduate Conference, the University of Manchester, 27-28/06/2011.

Rorty and the Denial of Politics
- Warwick Postgraduate Conference in Political Theory, the University of Warwick, 02/07/2011.
- Law and Philosophy Graduate Conference: Rights and Cultural Diversity, University of Stirling, 28-29/05/2011.

Assessing the Agonistic Critique of Deliberative Democracy, Deliberative and Participatory Conference in the UK, Glasgow Caledonian University, 23-25/06/2010.

Modern Canada, Liberalism, and the 'Politics of Difference', Being, Becoming and Belonging: Multiculturalism, Diversity and Social Inclusion in Modern Canada, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 29/03/2009.

The Instrumental Use of Autonomy in Political Liberalism and Value Pluralism, 11th Annual Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Department of Political and International Studies, University of Warwick, 14/02/2009.

The Graying of Kant: Re-interpreting Kant in the Light of John Gray and Cosmopolitanism, Law, Politics and International Relations: A Critical Research on International Political Theory (CRIPT) Graduate Workshop on International Political Thought and Critical Legal Thought, British International Studies Association (BISA) working group, Birkbeck College, University of London, 21/11/2008.

Conference Organisation

Convenor for a workshop on 'The Politics of Value Pluralism', at the 2011 MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, held at the University of Manchester. This includes the presentation of a paper entitled Value Pluralism and the Right to Exit. 31-02/09/2011

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