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Marc Hanvelt

Modern political philosophy; the Enlightenment in the Atlantic world, David Hume; liberal and democratic theory.

Degrees:BA, MA (UBC) PhD (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2959
Office:A625 Loeb Building

Assistant Professor

Marc Hanvelt’s primary research and teaching interests are in Modern political philosophy, the Enlightenment in the Atlantic world, David Hume’s political thought, liberalism, and democratic theory. A native of Vancouver, Marc received his BA and MA from the University of British Columbia before earning his PhD in political theory from the University of Toronto in 2007. He has worked extensively on the political thought of David Hume, and is the author of The Politics of Eloquence: David Hume’s Polite Rhetoric (University of Toronto Press, 2012). Marc recently completed a new manuscript on Hume’s account of political courage. Currently, he is working on a project that explores the relationship between conceptions of history and political judgment in the works of five major Scottish Enlightenment thinkers.

Selected Publications

Hanvelt, Marc, and Mark G. Spencer. “David Hume’s ‘A Character of Sir Robert Walpole’: Humean Factional Fears, the ‘Rage against the Scots’ and Future Historians,” The Scottish Historical Review 98:2 (October 2019).

Hanvelt, Marc. “The Fortitude of the Uncertain: Political Courage in David Hume’s Political Philosophy.” In On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics. Edited by Geoffrey C. Kellow and Neven Brady Leddy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016).

Hanvelt, Marc. The Politics of Eloquence: David Hume’s Polite Rhetoric (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Hanvelt, Marc. “Politeness, a Plurality of Interests, and the Public Realm: Hume on the Liberty of the Press,” History of Political Thought 33:4 (Winter 2012): 627-646.

Hanvelt, Marc. “Polite Passionate Persuasion: Hume’s Conception of Rhetoric,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 43:3, (September 2010): 565-581.