James was part of the Debating Matters team from 2005-06 and responsible for producing and editing the competition’s acclaimed Topic Guides. James is a PhD student in political theory at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the relationship between moral theory and social theory in the work of G. A. Cohen, John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas. James read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at New College, Oxford and has a Master’s in political theory from LSE. He is the co-convener of the Academy of Ideas’ Postgraduate Forum.
Battle of Ideas 2006 Welcome Address
"Of all the political and cultural festivals, none beats the Battle of Ideas for its eclecticism and willingness to invite controversial and absorbing debate."
John Kampfner, Chief executive, Index on Censorship; former editor, New Statesman