Dr Steve Cooke

Lecturer in Political TheoryDr Stephen Cooke

  • Office: Attenborough Tower 806
  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3746
  • Email: smc77@leicester.ac.uk
  • Feedback and Support Times (Semester 1, 2019-20): Thursday 2-3, Friday 3-4.
  • Dissertation support hour: Wednesdays 11-12.

Personal details

  • BA (Open University), MA (Manchester), PhD (Manchester)

Dr. Steve Cooke completed his undergraduate degree in Politics at the Open University. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester. In 2012 Dr. Cooke was awarded the Society for Applied Philosophy’s 30th Anniversary Research Fellowship to research the use of violence in defence of non-human animals and the environment. His main area of research focuses on duties to non-human animals and the ethical status of law-breaking and political violence carried out for their sakes.



My research interests are in

  • moral and political duties to non-human animals
  • the ethics of different forms of protest and political violence
  • liberal theories of justice

Current research

I am currently researching the role played by the arts and humanities in moral epistemology. Part of this work looks at how literature can be used to cultivate the moral imagination, and about justifications for arts and humanities promotion within liberal theories of justice.

A second project explores the conceptual and normative nature of trusting relationships between humans and non-human animals.


I convene three undergraduate political philosophy modules:

PL1011: Political Concepts
PL2027: Contemporary Political Philosophy: theories of justice
PL3140: Climate Change: ethics, issues, justice.

I also teach on:

PL1019: Politics, Power, and Ethics
PL1119: Case Studies in Politics, Power, and Ethics,
PL2094: Political Analysis 1 

PL7095: Global Ethics in Practice (MA)

My guide to writing essays in political philosophy can be downloaded from here.

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