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Biography

Alan received his MPhil in Philosophy at King’s before completing his PhD at Birkbeck in 2009. He has been teaching at King’s since 2010, lecturing on several modules within the MA in Global Ethics and Human Values and on the LLB in Jurisprudence. Before returning to academic life in 2002 he had a career in investment banking and management consulting, working for, amongst others, Arthur Andersen, Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan-Chase.

Research Interests 

Alan’s research interests are in social and political philosophy, particularly in the areas of freedom and equality, and on the concept of slavery. His primary focus is on the historic and contemporary republican idea of freedom as independence from arbitrary rule.  He has a special interest in the work of Catharine Macaulay, Mary Wollstonecraft and Frederick Douglass, as well as more generally in the recovery of lost philosophical voices from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

Teaching 

Global Ethics and Human Values 

 

Selected Publications

  • The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Routledge Philosophical Minds series, Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee (eds.), London: Routledge (forthcoming 2019);
  • The Social and Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft, Sandrine Bergès and Alan Coffee (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press (2016);
  • “A Radical Revolution in Thought: Frederick Douglass on the Slave’s Perspective on Republican Freedom” in Radical Republicanism: Recovering the Tradition's Popular Heritage, Bruno Leipold, Karma Nabulsi and Stuart White (eds), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019;
  • “Independence as Relational Freedom” in Women Philosophers on Autonomy, Sandrine Bergès and Alberto Siani (eds), London: Routledge, 2018, 94-111;
  • “Catharine Macaulay’s Republican Conception of Social and Political Liberty”, Political Studies, 2017, 65 (4), 844-59;
  • “Two Spheres of Domination: Republican Theory, Social Norms and the Insufficiency of Negative Freedom”, Contemporary Political Theory, 2015, 14 (1): 45-62;
  • “Freedom as Independence: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life”, Hypatia, 2014, 29 (4): 908–924;
  • “Mary Wollstonecraft, Freedom and the Enduring Power of Social Domination”, European Journal of Political Theory, 2013, 12 (2): 116-35