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Nigel Biggar

Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning

“One of the leading living Western ethicists” (John Gray, New Statesman, November 2020), Nigel Biggar is Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology at the University of Oxford. His most recent books are Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning (2023), What’s Wrong with Rights? (2020) and In Defence of War (2013). In the press, he has written on freedom of speech in The Times, on the Iraq war in the Financial Times, on the possibility of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland in the Irish Times, on Scottish independence in Standpoint magazine, and on the morality of Britain’s nuclear deterrent in The Scottish Review.

He has lectured at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London; the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham; the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, Hamburg; the US Military Academy, West Point; the US Naval Academy, Annapolis; and the National Defense University, Washington, DC. Subject to two attempts to cancel him because of his even-handed views of the British Empire, he has been at the forefront of the battle for free speech in British universities and became chairman of the board of the Free Speech Union in early 2020. In 2021 he was appointed C.B.E. for his “services to higher education”.

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