AboutCharles’ research interests lie in the interdisciplinary area of the history of political thought. His primary research interest is eighteenth century political thought, particularly in field of religion and politics. He is interested in the rise of atheism in France at the time, and in particular the thought of the baron d’Holbach and Jean Meslier. He is also interested in methodological questions in the history of ideas, particularly Gadamerian hermeneutics and Foucauldian genealogy. Charles also has an interest in contemporary political thought, particularly issues of toleration within pluralist societies. His wider research interests include ethics, religion and politics, epistemology and the study of materialism.
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Expertise: Contemporary and historical atheism. Languages: French (fluent) English (fluent) Spanish (good)
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Charles is currently working on a revised version of his PhD thesis, entitled “The Enlightenment of Atheism. Ethical and Political Philosophies without God in the Eighteenth Century and Today.” He is also revising some work on the relevance of Holbach’s work for IR theory, in particular international ethics; on a theory of atheology for contemporary political thought; and on methodological developments based on a Gadamerian hermeneutics.
Charles is interested in supervising anyone with an interest in the history of political thought and political theory.back to top
Charles takes great pride in his teaching, and has excelled in various domains from foreign policy analysis to political philosophy, and in using innovative teaching methods including use of online fora, in-class simulations and role-plays. He is teaching on a wide range of modules this year, including:
- PO314 Introduction to Political Thought
- PO623 Modern Political Thought
- PO652 Politics in the Classroom