Mark Fisher was a highly influential cultural theorist, writer and blogger. He launched his K-punk blog in 2003 which influenced a generation and covered topics across politics, music, film, literature and football. His most important book Capitalist Realism – Is There No Alternative ? (2009) encouraged readers to imagine an alternative to the prevailing capitalist-driven […]
Francis Fukuyama is an American political scientist and author. He is best know for his book The End of History and the Last Man (1992) in which he argued that western liberal democracy and free market capitalism marked the highpoint and endpoint of socio-cultural development. In essence, free market liberal democratic capitalism had won the […]
Slvoj Zizek is a leading contemporary philosopher and intellectual who writes on a range of topics. He is acknowledged as a political radical who has railed against neoliberalism and capitalist orthodoxy. The publication of his first book in English The Sublime Object of Ideology catapulted him onto the international stage. A controversial character and thinker, […]
John Mearsheimer is an American political scientist who belongs to the realist school of thought. His book The Tragedy of Great Power Politics argues in favour of offensive neorealism, which emphasises the nature and prevalence of security competition among great powers.
Martha Nussbaum is a renowned philosopher, law professor and distinguished author. Her main interests are in Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism and ethics among others. Professor Nussbaum is[...]
David Harvey is a British born leading Marxist theorist and scholar. He has written extensively on social and environmental justice and has argues that there is no such thing as an ethical capitalism. As an expert on urban geography and urban poverty, his geographical analysis of capitalism has attracted much attention since the global financial […]
Amartaya Sen is a leading economist who has written extensively on welfare economics, social choice theory and development economics. His work on social choice theory won him the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and his deliberations built on Kenneth Arrow’s impossibility theorem, demonstrating the conditions under which Arrow’s impossibility theorem applied. […]
Ronald Dworkin was a highly influential American jurist, writer on philosophy of law and political philosophy. His important and influential book Law’s Empire advocated his theory of law as integrity whereby judges interpret the law in terms of consistent moral principles, especially justice and fairness.
Jurgen Habermas follows a long line of influential German philosophers and social theorists. A leading thinker on deliberative politics, his work emphasises the potential for transforming the world and arriving at a more humane, just and egalitarian society through the realisation of the human potential for reason.
Noam Chomsky is best known for his work in the fields of linguistics and cognitive science. As a leading political and social activist, he is one of the most vocal critics of American imperialism and was at the forefront of critics of the Vietnam war. His anti-war essay, The Responsibility of Intellectuals, argued that “intellectuals […]
Michel Foucault was a prominent French philosopher, literary critic and social theorist. From a political theory perspective, Foucault’s major contribution was his analysis of power structures and the role that power plays in society.
E P Thompson was a leading British historian, socialist and peace campaigner. He was one of the main architects and intellectuals behind the communist party in Britain and he was a major and influential supporter of the activist CND movement – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. His most influential work by far is The Making of […]
Kenneth Arrow was a leading American economist, political theorist and polymath. One of the most influential economists of his generation, Arrow won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1972, sharing it with John Hicks. Famous for his Impossibility Theorem, Arrow theorised that it was impossible to formulate a social preference ordering that satisfied a number […]
John Rawls is recognised as one of the leading political philosophers of the twentieth century. His groundbreaking book, A Theory of Justice, 1971 promotes “justice as fairness” and recommends equal basic rights, equality of opportunity, and promoting the interests of the least advantaged members of society.
Eric Hobsbawm was one of the most influential British historians of the twentieth century. Ideologically he was a Marxist and a devout socialist and communist. Because his ideology influenced his writing, scholarly opinion on his work and overall contribution is divided.
A J P Taylor was a British historian, academic, journalist and broadcaster. He was a nonconformist and dissenter who took public stands on important and controversial issues of the time.
Karl Marx’s contribution to both economic and political thought is immense and is being recognised today not just by writers on the left, but increasingly by right-leaning commentators.
“If old truths are to retain their hold on men’s minds, they must be restated in the language and concepts of successive generations. What at one time are their most effective expressions gradually become so worn with use that they cease to carry a definite meaning. The underlying ideas may be as valid as ever, […]