Gary has wide-ranging research interests in political thought, notably in the history of political thought. He has published on a variety of theorists, including Plato, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Hobbes, Lyotard, Collingwood, Hardt and Negri, Stirner and Murdoch as well as writing on the nature of the subject. His book A History of Modern Political Thought- The Question of Interpretation
(Oxford University Press, 2016) presents a new reading of the nature of the history of political thought. He is also interested in current political theory, including Post-Rawlsian analytic political theory, continental and radical theory and specific subject areas including political economy and global theory. He has received grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the Social Science Research Council, the British Academy, the Political Studies Association and the German Academic Exchange Service.
Research group membership
Gary is a member of the Council of the Hegel Society of Great Britain and is also member of the Executive of the UK and Irish Political Thought Association. He is a member of the Collingwood and British Idealist Society and the UK Political Studies Association. He has also served on the Executive of the UK Political Studies Association (1996-2001). He serves on the Committee of the Global Politics, Economy and Society Research Centre at Oxford Brookes. He has been a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2010-2017). He is co-organiser of the Political Thought Conference (Oxford) (2011-Present) and a member of the Brookes-Brunel Research Cluster in Political Thought
Research grants and awards
Gary has received grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the Social Science Research Council, the British Academy, the Political Studies Association, the 'Political Thought' Specialist Group of the PSA, the Shanghai Academy of the Social Sciences and the German Academic Exchange Service. He has been invited to speak at a number of Universities and Conferences. He delivered the Alan Milne Memorial Address at the University of Durham (2017) and was a plenary speaker at the Iris Murdoch Society Conference (2017)
Gary has recently completed a monograph on Iris Murdoch, Why Iris Murdoch Matters- Making Sense of Experience in Modern Times (Bloomsbury, 2018) and has also completed editing a volume, Murdoch On Truth and Love (Macmillan, 2018). His research project on Murdoch continues. It is inter-disciplinary as it embraces Murdoch's interests in Politics, Philosophy, Art and Literature.
He has a long-standing interest in Hegel, publishing a monograph and an edited volume as well as numerous articles on Hegel. He has affiliated interests in theorists in the Hegelian tradition, including Marx, Collingwood and Oakeshott. His research on Hegel and Marx runs alongside his interest in post-structuralism and he has published on Lyotard, Foucault, Derrida and Hardt and Negri. His interest in particular historic thinkers is linked to his wider engagement with the nature of the history of political thought, and he has published on the identity of influence in and the methodology of the history of political thought.