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 five 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 two ARC funded projects – the first on contemporary debates over human rights and the second on the relation between justice and democracy.

In the media

PhD and master's project opportunities

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. (2015). Patriotism, diversity, and belonging. In Jun-Hyeok Kwak and Koichiro Matsuda (Eds.), Patriotism in East Asia, (pp. 13-27). Oxford, UK: Routledge.
  • 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. (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. (2009). The logic of aboriginal rights. In Peter Jones (Eds.), Group Rights, (pp. 479-502). Farnham, Surry: Ashgate.
  • 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. (2014). Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. In Michael Gibbons (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • 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.

2015

  • Ivison, D. (2015). Patriotism, diversity, and belonging. In Jun-Hyeok Kwak and Koichiro Matsuda (Eds.), Patriotism in East Asia, (pp. 13-27). Oxford, UK: Routledge.

2014

  • Ivison, D. (2014). Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. In Michael Gibbons (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

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). 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.

2009

  • Ivison, D. (2009). The logic of aboriginal rights. In Peter Jones (Eds.), Group Rights, (pp. 479-502). Farnham, Surry: 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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