London Met members

Dr Kelvin Knight (director)
Kelvin is a reader in ethics and politics, and author of Aristotelian Philosophy: Ethics and Politics from Aristotle to MacIntyre (Polity Press, 2007), as well as of numerous essays in contemporary Aristotelianism. He is a founding editor of Nations and Nationalism, editor of The MacIntyre Reader (Polity Press & University of Notre Dame Press, 1998), and co-editor of Revolutionary Aristotelianism (Lucius & Lucius, 2008) and Virtue and Politics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). He enjoys leading the MA in International Human Rights and Social Justice at London Met, and is currently writing a philosophical history of human rights.

Dr Adam Beck
Adam is a senior lecturer in philosophy at London Metropolitan University. He has a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge and an MA in Modern European Philosophy from Middlesex University. His PhD sought to reconstruct the existential conception of science promised but never fully delivered in Heidegger’s Being and Time. He is currently finishing a book based upon this thesis for Cambridge University Press. His areas of expertise are largely continental (German idealism, phenomenology and post-Heideggerean French thought) but he maintains an active interest in developments within analytic philosophy. He has recently delivered papers on Jerry Fodor’s criticism of Darwinism and is working on another on the Gettier problem.

Dr William Dixon 
William is a lecturer in economics at London Metropolitan University and is also a member of the Centre for Socio-Economic Research. He is interested in examining the relationship between economics and other disciplines. He has published work on the nature of homo economicus, economics and morality, economics and political order, and the role of economics in relation to the credit crunch and to organisational issues. He has co-authored with David Wilson A History of Homo Economicus: The Nature of the Moral in Economic Theory (Routledge, 2012).
Jim Grant
Recently retired, Jim was course leader of philosophy at London Metropolitan University. He remains very much a part of the University's philosophical life. He has a BPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University. His areas of interest and expertise include metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He is currently working on a book on the role that metaphor plays in philosophical thinking – for example, in thinking about the mind, self-hood, agency and moral responsibility.

Dr Stuart Isaacs 
Stuart received his PhD from the University of Essex and is now course leader of the BA in Social Policy at London Met. He is author of The Politics and Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (Routledge, 2006), co-author of Political Theorists in Context (Routledge 2004) and Contemporary Political Theorists in Context (Routledge 2009), and the contributing editor of The Routledge Handbook of Political Thought (Routledge, forthcoming).
Sven Kerpen
Sven has an MA in International Relations (Interdisciplinary) from London Met and has also studied at University College London. He is currently completing a doctoral dissertation that provides a post-positivist approach to the emerging post-national constellation in international relations, capable of overcoming alterity. This includes a critique of modern and post-modern approaches that have at their core an antinomical concept of the political.
Dr Alya Khan
Alya has an MPhil in Philosophy from University College London, where she specialised in ethics and political philosophy and wrote her dissertation on women and political obligation. Her doctoral research, conducted at Birkbeck College, investigates conceptualisations of personal autonomy with a focus on relational and feminist accounts of autonomy. She is a senior lecturer at London Met, where she is course leader for the MA Bioethics and teaches modules in applied ethics to a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Previously she taught moral and political philosophy at London Met, at the City Literary Institute, and at Birkbeck College’s Department for Continuing Education. Her research interests include investigating normative ethical concepts and principles as they are applied within everyday socio-cultural contexts.
Dr Jacqueline Laing
Jacqui has a DPhil from Oxford University. She is a senior lecturer in Law at London Met, a barrister of the High Court of Australia, and a solicitor in England. She is co-editor of Human Lives: Critical Essays on Consequentialist Bioethics and author of numerous articles on philosophy and law, in the Oxford Journal of Legal StudiesJournal of Criminal LawNew Law JournalJournal of Medical EthicsMedical Law ReviewFamily Law Journal and The Monist, as well as in several recognised works of reference. She is currently completing Natural Law (Blackwell, forthcoming).
Professor Peter Leyland
Peter is professor of public law at London Met, visiting professor of public law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a visiting professor at the universities of Bologna, Padua and Ferrara in Italy, at the National Development Administration, the Council of State and the Administrative Courts in Thailand, and at the University of Victoria in Canada. He graduated from the University of East Anglia and the University of London, and has published widely in the fields of UK constitutional and administrative law, comparative constitutional law, theoretical approaches to comparative public law, and Thailand's constitutional system. The subject matter of his research has included devolution, particularly in comparative perspective, freedom of information, utility regulation and executive accountability. He has written the Constitution of the United Kingdom (2007) in the Hart series Constitutional Systems of the World, which he co-edits with Andrew Harding. His publications also include two edited collections and (with Gordon Anthony) Textbook on UK Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 2008, 6th edition).

Mustafa Ongun
Mustafa has a BA (with Distinction) in Philosophy from the Middle East Technical University and an MA (with Distinction) in Human Rights and Social Justice from London Met. He has won two scholarships to undertake doctoral research with the Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics (CASEP), in which he brings MacIntyre's social and political philosophy into engagement with that of Foucault.
Kim Redgrave
Kim has a BA in Politics and Sociology and an MA (with Distinction) in Political Philosophy (The Idea of Toleration) from the University of York. She has a special interest in Alasdair MacIntyre's moral philosophy and also in feminist care ethics. She has won a stipendiary scholarship for doctoral research with CASEP into how MacIntyre's Aristotelian virtue ethics encompasses an ethic of care and how it can be used to examine contemporary care practices.
Rupert Rushbrooke
Rupert is undertaking doctoral research with CASEP into the problem of existential debt and its relevance to new reproductive technologies. He is also completing a book for Edinburgh University Press on the ethics of donor conception. Since 1998 he has been published in a number of journals, including the Office for National Statistics journal Population Trends, on adoption statistics and reproductive ethics. His Donor Conception will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014
Chris's research interests include German idealism, Plato, Nietzsche, the philosophy of religion, Buddhist philosophy (specifically Nāgārjuna and Nishitani Keiji) and Daoism (Chuang-Tzu). He also has a long-standing research interest in the relationship between philosophy and literature. His writings analyse philosophical developments from an historical or genealogical (and therefore sceptical) perspective, investigating the continuities between the practice of philosophy and other cultural forms – such as religion, science, art and literature – in order to challenge the assumption that philosophical thinking is meta-reflective or sui generis. He is currently engaged in research on the philosophy of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Plato, while also establishing the foundations for a longer project on the philosophical credentials of mysticism.

Dr Cliff Snaith
Dr Cliff Snaith has a PhD in English Literature and a degree in Law. He is an expert in international law and legal theory. He is also University College Union London's region secretary and London Met secretary. He has a strong practical engagement in social justice and the pursuit of reason in academia and politics.