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 particular focus on Spinoza (1632-1677). He has also written widely on British politics 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 philosophy and history at Goldsmiths, and at the Mary Ward Centre, London. At Goldsmiths he currently convenes two undergraduate Year 2/3 modules:

Landmarks in London History

London’s History Through Literature

He also teaches seminars on the Year 2/3 module Heresy, the Occult and the Millennium, and on the Year 1 module Self, Citizen and Nation.

Dan has previously lectured and taught on the Early Modern European Philosophy module at Goldsmiths, and has lectured and taught on Modern Philosophy, and Schopenhauer at the University of Roehampton (2013-15). At the Mary Ward Centre he currently teaches introductory and intermediate philosophy modules on Spinoza and the Radical Enlightenment, and has previously taught similar intensive modules on Kant, and Hegel.

Professional Experience:

Dan has presented his research nationally and internationally around a dozen times, and has been an invited speaker to discuss democracy at the OECD Forum in Paris, 2017, as well as on Radio 4’s Moral Maze (2015) and on the Making History programme (2014), and at the House of Commons’ ‘People’s Parliament’ (2014). He has published articles in the New Statesman (‘The Working Class Revolts’, February 2017), as well as numerous left-wing magazines and websites, with more details at www.jd-taylor.com.

Recent Work/Selected Work:


  • 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

  • “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.