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Welcome to the Home Page of Political Thought in Cambridge

Through the links on this page you will find information on a wide range of activities in the History of Political Thought, Political Theory, and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge and beyond. These include the weekly seminar, individual lectures and conferences, and our graduate and undergraduate courses.

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Cambridge Seminars in Political Thought and Intellectual History

The seminars meet on Monday at 5.00pm - 6.45pm in the Old Combination Room, Trinity College, and are followed by a wine reception and dinner at Pizza Express.

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Political Philosophy Workshop

The Political Philosophy Workshop is a forum for discussing work in progress by Cambridge political philosophers.

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Global Intellectual History

The Global Intellectual History Seminar focuses on new work in this fast-developing area of international, transnational and global political thought and intellectual history. It meets periodically in Corpus Christi College.

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Seeley Lecturer for 2017

The Seeley Lecturer for 2017 is Professor Axel Honneth (Director of the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt and Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York): his lectures, to be given on 16, 18, 23 and 25 May, will be on the theme of 'Recognition in three cultural contexts'.

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Quentin Skinner Fellow for 2016-17

The Quentin Skinner Lecture for 2017 will be given on Friday 9 June by Dr Sophie Smith (Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford), on the theme of 'The nature of politics: political science in early modern England'.

Details of the Lecture and accompanying Colloquium available here

Book Launch: Emily Jones, Edmund Burke & The Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914

To celebrate the publication of Emily Jones’s Edmund Burke & The Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914 (Oxford University Press) the Centre is hosting with Pembroke College a book launch at 5pm on 5 June 2017 in the Old Library, Pembroke College. Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free, but please RSVP to

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Quentin Skinner Fellow for 2018

The Quentin Skinner Fellow in 2018 will be Dr Avi Lifschitz (University College London), who will lecture on the theme of 'Philosophy and political agency in the writings of Frederick II of Prussia'.

A major conference on this subject will take place in Christ’s College, Cambridge on 20 June 2017. Participants include Melissa Calaresu, Serena Ferente, James Hankins, Jill Kraye, Giorgio Lizzul, John Robertson, Quentin Skinner, Peter Stacey, Nicolas Stone Villani, Filippo de Vivo, and Felix Waldmann. For further details click 'Read more'.

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A major conference on this theme will be held under the auspices of the Centre for Political Thought at Clare College, Cambridge, on 10-11 May 2018. The conference will address the ways in which political philosophers have engaged with concepts of time and the evidence of history. Booking details will be available here in Sept 2017.

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