Professor Robert Grant
- Honorary Senior Research Fellow (English Literature)
- Political Philosophy
A list of publications is available here.
Robert Grant retired in 2010. In 2006 he was British Council Distinguished Guest Professor at the Political Studies Institute, Lisbon, and in 1999 Resident Scholar Fellow at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Previously a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, then Lecturer at Sussex University, he joined the Department in 1974, was made Reader in English Literature in 1995, and has been Professor of the History of Ideas since 2004. In 1986, in recognition of his services to liberal education in the (then) Communist bloc, and after a strenuous interview, he was officially awarded the title of Undesirable Person by the Czechoslovak security bureau (StB).
He has given well over one hundred invited lectures, seminars and conference papers in Britain, the USA, Russia, Eastern Europe, Denmark, Portugal and Japan, and has published three books. Oakeshott (1990) was the first single-handed study of the philosopher Michael Oakeshott to cover his entire career, while The Politics of Sex and Other Essays (2000) and Imagining the Real: Essays on Politics, Ideology and Literature (2003) are two of a planned four-volume collection compiled from about one hundred and thirty previously published essays, articles, and reviews across a variety of fields. Prof. Grant has contributed both short and chapter-length articles to (among others) Routledge’s Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and Dictionary of Ethics, Theology and Society, and to Blackwell’s Companion to Aesthetics and Dictionary of Modern Social Thought. In literature his specialist areas are Shakespeare, the Victorian period, and the Modern era.
A frequent contributor to the TLS, he is also a consulting editor of the Edinburgh University Press journal Episteme and of two Imprint Academic monograph series, British Idealist Studies and Societas. He is currently writing Oakeshott’s official biography and assembling his own third and fourth collections of essays.