James Gledhill



Postdoctoral Fellow

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
September 2012 – August 2013

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Political Autonomy in Practice«

Project outline:
The aim of my research project is to introduce a burgeoning literature that develops Hegelian insights into the normativity of social practices into debates in political philosophy regarding the practice-dependence of principles of justice. This project is building towards a monograph on Political Autonomy in Practice: Constructing and Reconstructing Social Practices in which I will develop this theoretical framework and then apply it to two crucial and interconnected areas of political debate: the future of the institutions of the welfare state and the development, through practices of reflexive constitution-making, of just institutions beyond the nation state. (James Gledhill)

Funding of the stay:
»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Scholarly profile of James Gledhill


In 2010, James Gledhill recieved his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. The subject of his thesis is »Political Theory and Social Practices: G.A. Cohen, Rawls, Habermas and the Problem of Self-grounding«.

Main areas of research:
Social, political and legal philosophy

Selected publications:
  1. »Rawls and Realism«, in: Social Theory and Practice 38(1), pp. 55-82.
  2. »Procedure in Substance and Substance in Procedure: Reframing the Rawls-Habermas Debate«, in: James Gordon Finlayson, Fabian Freyenhagen (eds.): Habermas and Rawls: Disputing the Political (New York: Routledge), pp. 181-199.