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David Conway (born 1947) is a British academic philosopher who has written several books on philosophy and politics. He has been described as "a classical liberal who thinks nations are essential".[1]

Conway grew up in London, read Philosophy as an undergraduate at Cambridge University in the 1960s and went on to obtain his doctorate in Philosophy from University College London. He taught at Middlesex University for over thirty years, where he was Professor of Philosophy. He subsequently worked at Roehampton University as a senior research fellow in Theology and Religious Studies. Conway then worked for CIVITAS, an independent British think tank, as a senior research fellow.[2][3]


  • A Farewell to Marx: An Outline and Appraisal of His Theories (Penguin Books, 1987)[4]
  • Classical Liberalism: The Unvanquished Ideal (Palgrave Macmillan, 1995)[5][6]
  • Free-Market Feminism (Institute of Economic Affairs, 1998)
  • The Rediscovery of Wisdom: From Here to Antiquity in Quest of ‘Sophia’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000)[7]
  • In Defence of the Realm: The Place of Nations in Classical Liberalism (Ashgate Publishing Group, 2004)[8][9]
  • A Nation of Immigrants? (CIVITAS, 2007)
  • Liberal Education and the National Curriculum (CIVITAS, 2010)[10]
  • With Friends Like These: Why Britain Should Leave the EU – And How (CIVITAS, 2014)
  • Encyclopedia article – Hamowy, Ronald, ed. (2008). "Liberalism, Classical". The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Cato Institute. pp. 295–98. ISBN 978-1-4129-6580-4. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024.


  1. ^ Lester (2006).
  2. ^ Author biography from Liberal Education and the National Curriculum, p. vi.
  3. ^ Roehampton affiliation as listed in Theology and Religious Studies Research Seminar Programme, Spring Semester 2003[permanent dead link], Student News, Roehampton University, retrieved 2016-06-11.
  4. ^ Reviewed by Gordon, David (1990), "A Farewell to Marx: An Outline and Appraisal of His Theories", in Rothbard, Murray N.; Block, Walter (eds.), The Review of Austrian Economics, 4, Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 234–240, doi:10.1007/978-94-017-3454-7_11, ISBN 978-94-017-3456-1.
  5. ^ Reviewed by Archard, David (1996), "Classical Liberalism: The Unvanquished Ideal by David Conway", New Books, Philosophy, 71 (278): 628, doi:10.1017/s0031819100053560.
  6. ^ Reviewed by Glass, James M. (1996), "Classical Liberalism: The Unvanquished Ideal, and Liberty for the Twentieth-first Century: Contemporary Libertarian Thought", Book Reviews: Political Theory, American Political Science Review, 90 (4): 888, doi:10.2307/2945857.
  7. ^ Reviewed by Flew, Antony (2001), "The Rediscovery of Wisdom by David Conway", Philosophy, 76 (295): 164–167, JSTOR 3752184.
  8. ^ Reviewed by Schwarzmantel, John (2005), "In Defence of the Realm: the Place of Nations in Classical Liberalism", Book Reviews, Nations and Nationalism, 11 (3): 463–466, doi:10.1111/j.1354-5078.2005.214_1.x.
  9. ^ Reviewed by Lester, J. C. (2006), "In Defence of the Realm: the Place of Nations in Classical Liberalism", Journal of Libertarian Studies, 20 (3): 81.
  10. ^ Paton, Graeme (4 January 2010), "National curriculum being 'dumbed down'", The Telegraph.