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Marc Hanvelt

Modern political thought; the Scottish Enlightenment; David Hume; liberal and democratic political theory.

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

Associate Professor

Marc Hanvelt’s primary research and teaching interests are in the history of political thought, the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume, and the history of liberal and democratic theory. A native of Vancouver, Professor Hanvelt received his BA and his MA from the University of British Columbia before earning his PhD in political theory from the University of Toronto. 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). He 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. He is also working on a longer-term project as a co-editor for a forthcoming critical edition of Hume’s History of England to be published by Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

Hanvelt, Marc. “History, Context, and the Conventions of Political Society.” In Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals: A Critical Guide. Edited by Esther Engels Kroeker and Willem Lemmens (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).

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.