Contact expert

William Outhwaite, Prof

Newcastle University, GPS

Areas of Expertise

Country of residence

United Kingdom

Online Academic Profile

Research Discipline

Sociology & Social Policy


Occasional radio & press interviews

Language Skills

  • French
  • German


William Outhwaite, FAcSS, taught at the universities of Sussex and Newcastle. Interests include philosophy of social science (especially realism), social theory (especially critical theory), political sociology and the sociology of knowledge. Author of Understanding Social Life: The Method Called Verstehen (1975, 2nd edn 1986), Concept Formation in Social Science (1983), New Philosophies of Social Science: Realism, Hermeneutics and Critical Theory (1987), Jürgen Habermas: A Critical Introduction (1994), The Future of Society (2006), European Society (2008), Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe (2012), Social Theory (2015), Europe since 1989: Transitions and Transformations (2016), Contemporary Europe (2017) and (with Larry Ray) Social Theory and Postcommunism (2005). He edited The Habermas Reader (1996), Brexit: Sociological Responses (2017) and co-edited The Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Social Thought (1993, 2nd edn 2004), The Sociology of Politics (1998), and the Sage Handbook of Social Science Methodology (2007) and Sage Handbook of Political Sociology (2018).