Dr Dan Taylor

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department History
Email d.taylor (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Dan Taylor

Dan is a lecturer and researcher in early modern European philosophy and history, with a focus on Baruch Spinoza. He has also written widely on British politics, contemporary political theory and cultural studies.

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Philosophy, University of Roehampton (2017): pass with no corrections
  • MA in Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London (2011): Distinction
  • BA in History and History of Ideas, Goldsmiths, University of London (2008): First


Dan lectures in early modern and modern history and philosophy at Goldsmiths, as well as at Lawrence University London Centre, the Mary Ward Centre, and at the IF Project. For the 2019/20 academic year he is convening two undergraduate modules: Concepts and Methods in History; and London’s History Through Literature. He also teaches seminars on the Year 1 module Self, Citizen and Nation, and supervises postgraduate research in the department.

Dan has previously taught on modules on Early Modern European Philosophy, Landmarks in London History and Heresy, the Occult and the Apocalypse. He previously taught on modules on Modern Philosophy and Schopenhauer at Roehampton. At Lawrence, he currently teaches the history of the Stuarts, and the impact of the British Empire. At the Mary Ward Centre, he currently teaches intermediate philosophy modules on ethics and the Anthropocene, and the work of Martha Nussbaum, and has previously taught similarly intensive modules on Hannah Arendt, Spinoza, Kant and Hegel.

Professional Experience:

Dan has presented his research nationally and internationally over two-dozen times. He has been an invited speaker at the OECD Forum in Paris, 2017, several Radio 4 programmes (Open Country, Moral Maze, and Making History) and at the House of Commons. He has published articles in the New Statesman and numerous other left-wing magazines and websites. There are more details at www.jd-taylor.com.

Recent Work/Selected Work:


  • Spinoza and the Politics of Freedom – forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.
  • Island Story: Journeying Through Unfamiliar Britain (London: Repeater Books, 2016). Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017
  • Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era (Winchester: Zero Books, 2013)

Selected Journal Articles and chapters in edited collections

  • “Death, a Surreptitious Friendship: Mortality and the Impossibility of Dying in Bataille and Blanchot”, Angelaki (forthcoming, 2020)
  • “The Reasonable Republic? Statecraft, Affects and the Highest Good in Spinoza’s Late Tractatus Politicus”, History of European Ideas, 45.5 (2019)
  • “Affects of Resistance: Indignation, Emulation, Fellowship”, Pli, 30 (2019)
  • “Not that Serious? The Investigation and Trial of the Angry Brigade, 1967-1972”, in Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956, ed. Matthew Worley and Evan Smith (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017), pp. 30-47
  • “The Party’s Over? The Angry Brigade, the Counterculture, and the British New Left, 1967-1972”, in The Historical Journal, 3 (2015), pp. 877-900
  • “The Paper Bag Compromise: Hiding the Problem of Drug Dependency in The Wire’s Hamsterdam”, in The Wire and America’s Dark Corners: Critical Essays, ed. Arin Keeble and Ivan Stacy (Jefferson: McFarland, 2015), pp. 95-113
  • “‘We Hate Humans’: Problems in Reading the English 2011 Riots Within a Recent History of Working-Class Violence”, in Return to the Streets, ed. Sophie Fuggle and Tom Henri (London: Pavement Books, 2015), Chapter 6.
  • “Anxiety Machines: Continuous Connectivity and the New Hysteria”, Nyx, a Noctournal 7 (2012), 46-53