Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor of Political Philosophy
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I teach in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. I have also taught in the the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto; the Department of Politics at the University of York (UK) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU. I did my BA at McGill University in Montreal, where I grew up, and my MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I am currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

I have been Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow, and Visiting Fellow in Ethics and Public Affairs, at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University (2002-3), as well as Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the ANU (1997).

Research interests

I work in three main areas: political theory, the history of political thought and ethics. I've published four books: The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government (Cornell UP, 1997); Postcolonial Liberalism (Cambridge UP, 2002), which was awarded the 2004 CB Macpherson Prize by the CPSA for best book in political theory in 2002 and 2003; Rights (Acumen and McGill Queens Press, 2008); and with Paul Patton and Will Sanders, edited Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Cambridge UP, 2000; reprinted 2002)); and the The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism (Ashgate, 2010).

Current projects

I am currently working on ARC funded projects to do with the uneasy alliance between justice and democracy, as well as an intellectual history of the concept of social justice.

Selected grants

2013

  • A constructive critique of the political approach to the philosophy of human rights; Campbell T, Ivison D, Kinley D, Sadurski W, West C, Bedi S, Pogge T, Valentini L, Tasioulas J, Wenar L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • The Sydney Social Justice Project; Carney T, Celermajer D, Connell R, Freebody P, Goodwin S, Graycar R, Ivison D, Keane J, Kinley D, Meagher G, Schlosberg D, Sluga G, Tormey S; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2008

  • The uneasy alliance between democracy and justice; Ivison D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • The uneasy alliance between democracy and justice; Ivison D; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

2006

  • The fragility of toleration: politics and the moral psychology of tolerance and intolerance; Ivison D; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

2002

  • A natural history of rights and norms: towards a dynamic understanding of the transformations of social and political identities; Gatens M, Ivison D, Patton P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Moral pluralism and political community.; Ivison D; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2001

  • The postcolonial state: Democratic decision making and the claims of Aboriginal peoples; Ivison D; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2000

  • Justice and Reconciliation in divided societies; Ivison D; University of Sydney/University Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Ivison, D. (2008). Rights. Stocksfield UK: Acumen Publishing.
  • Ivison, D. (2002). Postcolonial Liberalism. Canada: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (1997). The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Edited Books

  • Ivison, D. (2010). The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Ivison, D., Patton, P., Sanders, W. (2001). Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Ivison, D. (2013). Human rights and political agency: on Pogge's analysis of human rights violations today. In David Kinley, Wojciech Sadurski, Kevin Walton (Eds.), Human Rights: Old Problems, New Possibilities, (pp. 73-88). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Ivison, D. (2012). Afterword: The Normative Force of the Past. In Saliha Belmessous (Eds.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, (pp. 248-258). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2012). The Logic of Aboriginal Rights. In Peter Jones (Eds.), Group Rights. Ashgate.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Consent or Contestation? In Jeremy Webber and Colin M Macleod (Eds.), Between Consenting Peoples: Political Community and the Meaning of Consent, (pp. 188-206). Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Deliberative Democracy and the Politics of Reconciliation. In David Kahane, Daniel Weinstock, Dominique Leydet, and Melissa Williams (Eds.), Deliberative democracy in practice, (pp. 115-137). Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Human Rights. In Duncan Bell (Eds.), Ethics and World Politics, (pp. 239-255). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Introduction: Multiculturalism as a Public Ideal. In Duncan Ivison (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism, (pp. 1-16). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Justice and Imperialism: On the Very Idea of a Universal Standard. In Shaunnagh Dorsett and Ian Hunter (Eds.), Law and Politics in British Colonial Thought: Transpositions of Empire, (pp. 31-48). New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ivison, D. (2008). Multiculturalism and Resentment. In Geoffrey Brahm Levey (Eds.), Political Theory and Australian Multiculturalism, (pp. 129-148). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Ivison, D. (2006). Emergent Cosmopolitanism: Indigenous Peoples and International Law. In Ronald Tinnevelt and Gert Verschraegen (Eds.), Between Cosmopolitan Ideals and State Sovereignty: Studies in Global Justice, (pp. 120-131). Hampshire, England & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ivison, D. (2006). Historical Injustice. In John S. Dryzek; Bonnie Honig; Anne Phillips (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, (pp. 507-525). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2006). The Nature of Rights and the History of Empire. In David Armitage (Eds.), British Political Thought in History, Literature and Theory, 1500-1800, (pp. 191-211). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2003). Arguing about ethics. In Catherine Lumby& Elspeth Probyn (Eds.), Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics, (pp. 24-41). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2003). Locke, liberalism and empire. In Peter Anstey (Eds.), The Philosophy of John Locke: New perspectives, (pp. 86-105). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Ivison, D. (2002). Property, Territory and Sovereignty: Justifying Political Boundaries. In Ian Hunter and David Saunders (Eds.), Natural Law and Civil Sovereignty Moral Right and State Authority in Early Modern Political Thought, (pp. 219-234). Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ivison, D., Patton, P., Sanders, W. (2000). Introduction. In Duncan Ivison, Paul Patton, Will Sanders (Eds.), Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Modus Vivendi Citizenship. In Catriona McKinnon and Iain Hampsher-Monk (Eds.), The Demands of Citizenship, (pp. 123-143). London: Cassells.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Postcolonialism and Political Theory. In Diana Bryson (Eds.), Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts. Routledge.
  • Ivison, D. (1998). The Disciplinary Moment: Foucault, law and the re inscription of rights. In Jeremy Moss (Eds.), The Later Foucault, (pp. 129-148). Sage Publications.
  • Ivison, D. (1998). Whose Values? Which Norms? Justifying punishment in intercultural contexts. In M Matravers (Eds.), Punishment and Political Theory, (pp. 88-107). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Ivison, D. (1997). Postcolonialism and Political Theory. In Andrew Vincent (Eds.), Political Theory: Tradition and Diversity, (pp. 154-171). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Ivison, D. (2012). Transcending National Citizenship or Taming it? Ayelet Shachar's Birthright Lottery. Les Ateliers de l'Ethique, 7(2), 9-17.
  • Ivison, D. (2011). "Another World Is Actual": Between Imperialism and Freedom. Political Theory: an international journal of political philosophy, 39(1), 131-137. [More Information]
  • Ivison, D. (2011). Liberty and Government: Hindess and the History of Liberalism. Alternatives: global, local, political, 36(1), 10-16. [More Information]
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Republican Human Rights? European Journal of Political Theory, 9(1), 31-47. [More Information]
  • Ivison, D. (2008). Foucault's Hobbes and the Concept of Liberty. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 30, 9-33.
  • Ivison, D. (2005). The Moralism of Multiculturalism. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 22(2), 171-184.
  • Ivison, D. (2003). Constitutional unity and complex identification: comments on Post. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 23, 105-110.
  • Ivison, D. (2003). The logic of aboriginal rights. Ethnicities, 3(3), 321-344.
  • Ivison, D. (2002). Responding to Humanity. The Drawing Board: An Australian Review of Public Affairs.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Political community and historical injustice. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 78(3), 360-373.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Two concepts of reconciliation. Proceedings of the Russellian Society, 19, 25-33.
  • Ivison, D. (1999). Pluralism and the Hobbesian Logic of Negative Constitutionalism. Political Studies, 47(1), 83-99.
  • Ivison, D. (1998). The Technical and the Political: Discourses of Race, Reasons of State. Social and Legal Studies, 7(4), 561-566.
  • Ivison, D. (1997). Decolonizing the Rule of Law: Mabo's Case and Postcolonial Constitutionalism. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 17(2), 253-279.
  • Ivison, D. (1997). The secret history of public reason: Hobbes to Rawls. History of Political Thought, 18(1), 126-147.
  • Ivison, D. (1996). The Art of Political Liberalism. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 28(2), 203-226.
  • Ivison, D. (1993). Liberal Conduct. History of the Human Sciences, 6(3), 25-59.
  • Ivison, D. (1993). Political order and human nature: Kant and Hume. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2, 64-84.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Ivison, D. (2008). In Defence of Social Justice. Sydney Morning Herald.

Reference Works

  • Ivison, D. (2012). Self-Government. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Governance. (pp. 862-862). New York, USA: Sage Publications.
  • Ivison, D. (2008). Indigenous Rights. In William A. Darity (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. (pp. 614-617). Farmington Hills: Macmillan Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2007). Nation. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Governance. (pp. 587-589). New York, USA: Sage Publications.
  • Ivison, D. (2007). Postcolonialism. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Governance. (pp. 726-730). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Ivison, D. (2001). Multiculturalism. In Neil J. Smelser, Paul B Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behaviour Sciences. (pp. 10169-10175). Pergamon Press.

2013

  • Ivison, D. (2013). Human rights and political agency: on Pogge's analysis of human rights violations today. In David Kinley, Wojciech Sadurski, Kevin Walton (Eds.), Human Rights: Old Problems, New Possibilities, (pp. 73-88). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2012

  • Ivison, D. (2012). Afterword: The Normative Force of the Past. In Saliha Belmessous (Eds.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, (pp. 248-258). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2012). Self-Government. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Governance. (pp. 862-862). New York, USA: Sage Publications.
  • Ivison, D. (2012). The Logic of Aboriginal Rights. In Peter Jones (Eds.), Group Rights. Ashgate.
  • Ivison, D. (2012). Transcending National Citizenship or Taming it? Ayelet Shachar's Birthright Lottery. Les Ateliers de l'Ethique, 7(2), 9-17.

2011

  • Ivison, D. (2011). "Another World Is Actual": Between Imperialism and Freedom. Political Theory: an international journal of political philosophy, 39(1), 131-137. [More Information]
  • Ivison, D. (2011). Liberty and Government: Hindess and the History of Liberalism. Alternatives: global, local, political, 36(1), 10-16. [More Information]

2010

  • Ivison, D. (2010). Consent or Contestation? In Jeremy Webber and Colin M Macleod (Eds.), Between Consenting Peoples: Political Community and the Meaning of Consent, (pp. 188-206). Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Deliberative Democracy and the Politics of Reconciliation. In David Kahane, Daniel Weinstock, Dominique Leydet, and Melissa Williams (Eds.), Deliberative democracy in practice, (pp. 115-137). Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Human Rights. In Duncan Bell (Eds.), Ethics and World Politics, (pp. 239-255). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Introduction: Multiculturalism as a Public Ideal. In Duncan Ivison (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism, (pp. 1-16). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Justice and Imperialism: On the Very Idea of a Universal Standard. In Shaunnagh Dorsett and Ian Hunter (Eds.), Law and Politics in British Colonial Thought: Transpositions of Empire, (pp. 31-48). New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ivison, D. (2010). Republican Human Rights? European Journal of Political Theory, 9(1), 31-47. [More Information]
  • Ivison, D. (2010). The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism. Farnham: Ashgate.

2008

  • Ivison, D. (2008). Foucault's Hobbes and the Concept of Liberty. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 30, 9-33.
  • Ivison, D. (2008). In Defence of Social Justice. Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Ivison, D. (2008). Indigenous Rights. In William A. Darity (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. (pp. 614-617). Farmington Hills: Macmillan Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2008). Multiculturalism and Resentment. In Geoffrey Brahm Levey (Eds.), Political Theory and Australian Multiculturalism, (pp. 129-148). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Ivison, D. (2008). Rights. Stocksfield UK: Acumen Publishing.

2007

  • Ivison, D. (2007). Nation. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Governance. (pp. 587-589). New York, USA: Sage Publications.
  • Ivison, D. (2007). Postcolonialism. In Mark Bevir (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Governance. (pp. 726-730). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

2006

  • Ivison, D. (2006). Emergent Cosmopolitanism: Indigenous Peoples and International Law. In Ronald Tinnevelt and Gert Verschraegen (Eds.), Between Cosmopolitan Ideals and State Sovereignty: Studies in Global Justice, (pp. 120-131). Hampshire, England & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ivison, D. (2006). Historical Injustice. In John S. Dryzek; Bonnie Honig; Anne Phillips (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, (pp. 507-525). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2006). The Nature of Rights and the History of Empire. In David Armitage (Eds.), British Political Thought in History, Literature and Theory, 1500-1800, (pp. 191-211). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2005

  • Ivison, D. (2005). The Moralism of Multiculturalism. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 22(2), 171-184.

2003

  • Ivison, D. (2003). Arguing about ethics. In Catherine Lumby& Elspeth Probyn (Eds.), Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics, (pp. 24-41). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2003). Constitutional unity and complex identification: comments on Post. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 23, 105-110.
  • Ivison, D. (2003). Locke, liberalism and empire. In Peter Anstey (Eds.), The Philosophy of John Locke: New perspectives, (pp. 86-105). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Ivison, D. (2003). The logic of aboriginal rights. Ethnicities, 3(3), 321-344.

2002

  • Ivison, D. (2002). Postcolonial Liberalism. Canada: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2002). Property, Territory and Sovereignty: Justifying Political Boundaries. In Ian Hunter and David Saunders (Eds.), Natural Law and Civil Sovereignty Moral Right and State Authority in Early Modern Political Thought, (pp. 219-234). Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ivison, D. (2002). Responding to Humanity. The Drawing Board: An Australian Review of Public Affairs.

2001

  • Ivison, D. (2001). Multiculturalism. In Neil J. Smelser, Paul B Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behaviour Sciences. (pp. 10169-10175). Pergamon Press.
  • Ivison, D., Patton, P., Sanders, W. (2001). Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2000

  • Ivison, D., Patton, P., Sanders, W. (2000). Introduction. In Duncan Ivison, Paul Patton, Will Sanders (Eds.), Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Modus Vivendi Citizenship. In Catriona McKinnon and Iain Hampsher-Monk (Eds.), The Demands of Citizenship, (pp. 123-143). London: Cassells.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Political community and historical injustice. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 78(3), 360-373.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Postcolonialism and Political Theory. In Diana Bryson (Eds.), Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts. Routledge.
  • Ivison, D. (2000). Two concepts of reconciliation. Proceedings of the Russellian Society, 19, 25-33.

1999

  • Ivison, D. (1999). Pluralism and the Hobbesian Logic of Negative Constitutionalism. Political Studies, 47(1), 83-99.

1998

  • Ivison, D. (1998). The Disciplinary Moment: Foucault, law and the re inscription of rights. In Jeremy Moss (Eds.), The Later Foucault, (pp. 129-148). Sage Publications.
  • Ivison, D. (1998). The Technical and the Political: Discourses of Race, Reasons of State. Social and Legal Studies, 7(4), 561-566.
  • Ivison, D. (1998). Whose Values? Which Norms? Justifying punishment in intercultural contexts. In M Matravers (Eds.), Punishment and Political Theory, (pp. 88-107). Oxford: Hart Publishing.

1997

  • Ivison, D. (1997). Decolonizing the Rule of Law: Mabo's Case and Postcolonial Constitutionalism. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 17(2), 253-279.
  • Ivison, D. (1997). Postcolonialism and Political Theory. In Andrew Vincent (Eds.), Political Theory: Tradition and Diversity, (pp. 154-171). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ivison, D. (1997). The secret history of public reason: Hobbes to Rawls. History of Political Thought, 18(1), 126-147.
  • Ivison, D. (1997). The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

1996

  • Ivison, D. (1996). The Art of Political Liberalism. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 28(2), 203-226.

1993

  • Ivison, D. (1993). Liberal Conduct. History of the Human Sciences, 6(3), 25-59.
  • Ivison, D. (1993). Political order and human nature: Kant and Hume. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2, 64-84.

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