‘Left-wing but not too preachy’ – Financial Times.
I was born in Camberwell, London in 1987. I’ve written a few books since then and now I teach political thought at the Open University.
My most recent book is Spinoza and the Politics of Freedom, based on my PhD, out with Edinburgh University Press in 2021.
Island Story: Journeys Through Unfamilar Britain (Repeater Books, 2016), shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017.
It relates four months cycling across the British Isles, based on the popular Searching for Albion blog. Described by Anna Minton as ‘a beautifully written account of a journey around contemporary Britain which is both political and poetic – a rare combination’.
Previous to this, I wrote Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era, (Zero, 2013). Paul Mason said it ‘represents a new generation of critique by what I’ve termed graduates without a future. Taylor brings together incisive and provocative analysis alongside personal experience … In a time of economic meltdown and mass struggle, this book offers one way out of the current crisis.’
In July 2020 I was appointed as a Lecturer in Social and Political Thought at the Open University. Prior to that, I taught history at Goldsmiths, University of London, and philosophy at the Mary Ward Centre, London, since around September 2016.
I’ve published short pieces in the New Statesman, Fair Observer, Review 31, Dust Magazine, Roar, OpenDemocracy, and Nyx, a Noctournal. I’ve been invited to speak on shows like Radio 4’s Moral Maze, Open Country, and Making History programme, as well as the People’s Parliament, House of Commons, and the OECD Forum in June 2017.
This is my webpage. It is an irregularly updated record of what I’m up to, of possible interest only to my dad (hi Dad!) You can contact me below if you like.
dan . taylor @ open . ac . uk @dantaylor42