Jock Gunn

J.A.W. "Jock" Gunn

Professor Emeritus


D.Phil. (Oxon.)

Political Studies

Arts and Science


Brief Biography

J.A.W. "Jock" Gunn (D.Phil. Oxon.) retired in 2001 as Sir Edward Peacock professor, after forty years of service to the University. Appointed full professor in 1970, he was Head of Department 1975-83 and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1983. He does the history of thought, chiefly British and French, and is interested too in social-science theories and political philosophy. Scholarly editing, with Disraeli (letters) and Hume (essays, forthcoming) is another interest. Just out is an entry for Disraeli in the Thoemmes Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers; appearing soon a review article on Isaiah Berlin in Clio. Recently completed is a work provisionally called "Lessons in Civil Disagreement: Party and Opposition in the French Restoration". The third part of a proposed triptych on French political ideas will treat the 19th-century problem of inauthentic government. Supervisor of some 15 Ph.D. theses, his passion for education has been helping people to say what they mean in readable English.