Mark joined the Department in 1996, after completing his Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of Oxford, where he also taught for several years. He specialises in contemporary political and moral philosophy, with particular reference to just war theory (especially jus post bellum: justice in the ending and aftermath of war), and liberalism in domestic and international contexts.

Publications

  1. “Speaking on Morality’s Behalf: When One Should Remain Silent, And Why”. In Sorin Baiasu, Sylvie Loriaux (Ed.), Sincerity in Politics and International Relations. (pp. 1LOndon: Routledge.
  2. & At War’s end: time to turn to Jus Post Bellum’. In Stahn, Carsten; Easterday, Jennifer S.; Iverson, Jens (Ed.), Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations. Published by Oxford University Press.
  3. Just War, Democracy, Democratic Peace. European Journal of Political Theory 11(2), 191-208.
  4. Balancing Peace, Justice and Sovereignty in Jus Post Bellum: The Case of ‘Just Occupation’. Millennium 36(3), 533-554.
  5. Moral Responsibilities and the Conflicting Demands of Jus Post Bellum. Ethics and International Affairs 23(2), 147-164.

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Teaching

  • HUP100 The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy

    This module introduces students to a series of questions and issues that are central to the discipline of philosophy. The topics discussed, in a lively and entertaining manner, will be concerned with the nature of persons and their relationships to the natural world and to other human beings in society. The topics studied will be: a.) ancient and modern accounts of the nature of the world and the nature of persons; b.) the relationship between the minds and bodies of persons; c.) the problem of personal identity; d.) reason and emotion in relation to human behaviour; e.) the possibility of freedom; f.) the claims of religion and science.

  • HUP201 Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy

    In this module, we shall examine some fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy, including the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of moral reasoning, the relation between meta-ethical reflection and common-sense morality, the applicability of moral theory to practical life, the nature of justice, the foundation of rights, justifications for coercive paternalism, and the relation between politics and religion.

  • HUPM04 War, Identity and Society

    This module is the companion module to HUPM03. It takes a pluri-disciplinary approach to understanding the impacts of war on society and vice-versa. The module evaluates the ways in which conflict changes and reshapes society and analyses the problems of war, its representations and its social outcomes. 'War' in thus not viewed solely in terms of military history, but rather through a broader context of changing social, economic and cultural trends both as a motor for change and as part of those broader changes. The module is taught over a ten week period. The weekly two hour sessions include at least an hour of seminar style `teaching¿, to make sure that there is ample time for discussions, questions, student presentations, etc. Hence, it is expected of all students to read the compulsory reading for each session beforehand, so that meaningful discussions can take place. .

  • PO-119 Politics and the People

    This module introduces students to key topics of comparative politics and addresses some of the central issues of how the people are involved in politics. This module assists students in addressing central questions in comparative politics by comparing political institutions and the role of people in politics across the world. It looks at the ways in which types of political participation, electoral systems and political parties shape the ability of people to influence politics. It addresses these issues primarily in the context of key examples of states that may be defined as old and new democracies.

  • PO-239 Moralities of War and Peace

    This module aims to introduce students to some fundamental issues in the morality (justifications and conduct) of war - and some other forms of political violence - and also of the morality of peacebuilding. Starting with an examination of one attempt to justify the idea of moral thinking when applied to the justification of war (Michael Walzer's influential commentary on the Melian Dialogue), the module will look in depth at the three elements of just war theory (jus ad bellum, jus in bello and jus post bellum). Particular attention will be paid to 'humanitarian intervention' and the 'responsibility to protect' (R2P). The module scrutinises the meaning of 'terrorism' as an evaluative as well as explanatory concept and explores some 'fundamentalist' justifications of violence. It analyses some implications of 'war' (eg the so-called 'war on terror') on domestic law and public policy in certain liberal democracies. The module then moves to consider some moral theories on of pacifism and non-violence. Moralities of post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction will be analysed, focussing upon arguments as to whether these processes can and should be 'democratic' in some sense. The module concludes with analysis of the concept of a 'perpetual peace' as proposed by Immanuel Kant and some of its modern iterations in the 'democratic peace thesis.'

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M32 Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences

    This module introduces MA students to philosophical and methodological issues relating to the possibilities, purpose and conduct of the social sciences. These issues are of great importance for the development of thinking about how to study political theory, political science or international relations. The intellectual reflection demanded by this module will feed into students¿ approaches to their work in the sub-disciplinary modules and dissertation.

  • PO-M37 Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics.

    This module assesses how normative political theory has addressed the key issues of human rights, the grounds for humanitarian intervention and the demands of global justice. It also assesses the idea of the 'just war', the moral character of a 'democratic peace' and conceptions of global distributive justice.

Supervision

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Responsibility to Protect: Reconstructing Norms and Operationalisation at the Regional Level. (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • 'Conservative Party Discourses Transfromed? An Examination of Responses to Demands for Homosexual Law Reform and Equality from 1953-2013' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
  • Cultural and social dimensions of the 'conspiracism' phenomenon in America during the 1960s-The JFK Myth. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • 'Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Adult and Community Learning: From Policy to Pedagogy' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • 'The politics of space cooperation as part of President Clinton''''s Russia policy: the Shuttle-Mir programme' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans