Dr Niall O'Flaherty
Lecturer in the History of European Political Thought
+44 (0)20 7848 7142
Department of History
King’s College London
Room S 8.13
London WC2R 2LS
Niall received his PhD from King’s College, Cambridge in April 2008, and his MA and BA from Queen Mary, University of London. His PhD was supervised by Professor Boyd Hilton with Professor Gareth Stedman Jones acting as a second supervisor. Niall has taught the history of political ideas at the University of Cambridge and Queen Mary, University of London.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- The Intellectual History of Britain in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
- Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Britain
- European Political Ideas
Niall’s research focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth-century social, religious and scientific thought in Britain with particular reference to Thomas Robert Malthus and Charles Darwin. It examines the changing nexus between theology, science and social thought, as well as questions relating to the secularisation of social discourse in the period. Niall’s thesis, which he is currently developing into a book, gives an historical account of political and religious thought in Britain at the end of the eighteenth century, focusing particularly on the most influential thinker of the period, William Paley (1743-1805). He is also more generally interested in European Political ideas in the Enlightenment.
Niall welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
- Niall O'Flaherty (2010) 'The rhetorical strategy of William Paley's Natural theology (1802): Part 1, William Paley's Natural theology in context' STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, 41 (1), pp. 19-25.[Article in print Journal]
Niall O'Flaherty (2010) 'The rhetorical strategy of William Paley's Natural theology (1802): Part 2, William Paley's Natural theology and the challenge of atheism' STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, 41 (2), pp. 128-137.[Article in print Journal]
- Niall O'Flaherty (2010) 'WILLIAM PALEY'S MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND THE CHALLENGE OF HUME: AN ENLIGHTENMENT DEBATE?' Modern Intellectual History, 7 (1), pp. 1-31.[Article in print Journal]