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My research engages with the ethics of war, violence, and political theory. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches, and have focused on the relationship between the just war tradition and applications of violence. Increasingly, I am motivated by tracing connections between pre-modern ethics and contemporary ethical and politico-military challenges.
My publications have explored ideas of justifiable self-defence, asymmetric warfare, non-combatant immunity, ancient ethics of war, and torture. My monograph, John Wyclif on War and Peace (2014), argues that the fourteenth-century English scholastic, John Wyclif, rejected medieval just war doctrine and was Europe’s first pacifist.
I am currently working on an exciting new book project, Justifying War, which will be published by Princeton University Press. This research combines comparative history with normative thought, examining how ancient societies in the Near East and West tackled the relationship between war and justice, reflecting on what this can tell us about contemporary challenges.
I have a number of forthcoming publications in journals and edited volumes (below).
From August 2017 to July 2018 I was Visiting Humanities Collaboration Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and the The Huntington Library.
In 2016, I was appointed as a Visiting Wallenberg Research Fellow at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace.
I am an Associate Director of the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History.
I am a founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Global Intellectual History.
Here I discuss just war doctrine with Dan Snow:
And some thoughts about U.K. involvement in the war against ISIS:
Dr Cox is on research leave 2018-19 (semester 1)
Dr Cox teaches on ME1006, ME2003 and HI2001 sub honours courses and offers the following honours courses;
Medieval Political Thought
Justifying Medieval Warfare
England and France at War in the Fourteenth Century
Nature and the Occult in the Late Middle Ages
Also teaches on the Mediaeval Studies M. Litt. and Intellectual History M.Litt programmes.
MS5001 - Approaches to Mediaeval Studies
IH5003 – The Theory and Practice of Intellectual History
IH5002 – Turning Points in the History of Ideas
Current Research Students:
I am happy to supervise students undertaking research in the following areas: