If election night in the UK tonight is not exciting enough already, why not add some spice by looking out for how some philosophers fare, as they put themselves up for Parliament? A probably not comprehensive list of candidates includes
Oliver Letwin (Conservative) MP for West Dorset since 1997
A Cambridge PhD, his brief stint as an academic philosopher was as a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge from 1981-1983. In 1987 he published a book of serious philosophy, Ethics, Emotion and the Unity of Self.
Jon Cruddas (Labour) MP for Dagenham since 2001
Has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Warwick, for a thesis entitled An analysis of value theory, the sphere of production and contemporary approaches to the reorganisation of workplace relations. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a year from 1987.
John Pugh (Liberal Democrat) MP for Southport since 2001
Read philosophy at Durham, then was Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby
Jesse Norman (Conservative) Candidate for Hereford and South Herefordshire
Has a philosophy MA and PHD from University College London, and also taught at UCL and Birkbeck
Shahrar Ali (Green Party) Candidate for Brent Central
Former editor of Philosophy Today, the newsletter of the Society for Applied Philosophy, and is administrator of the Institute of Philosophy
Ben Foley (a.k.a. Fairweather) (Green Party) candidate for Bedford
Is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University and is editor the Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society
UPDATED 14:27. Thanks to Andrew Jorgensen for tip.
Chris Fox (Green Party) Candidate for Harwich and North Essex
Is a reader at the University of Essex’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, whose “primary research interests lie in the area of the philosophy of language and formal semantics”.
If you know of any others or have any further information, please do add them in the comments.