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2011-2012

Michaelmas Term

  • Monday 10 October
    David Runciman (University of Cambridge)
    'Three Views of Democracy'
    Introduction

  • Monday 17 October
    Dmitri Levitin (Trinity College, Cambridge)
    'Some new sources and contexts for the De legibus Hebraeorum (1685) of John Spencer, father of 'enlightened' sacred history'
    Comment: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)
    Introduction

  • Monday 24 October
    Sarah Hutton (University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Wolfson College, Cambridge)
    'Women, freedom and equality: Margaret Cavendish and Mary Astell'
    Comment: Joanne Wright (University of New Brunswick and Clare Hall, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • Monday 31 October
    Ben Jackson (University College, Oxford)
    'Freedom, the Common Good and the Rule of Law: Lippmann and Hayek on Economic Planning'
    Comment: Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • Monday 7 November
    Mark Knights (University of Warwick) and Phil Withington (University of Cambridge)
    'A social and cultural history of early modern keywords and concepts'
    Introduction
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  • Monday 14 November
    Jos Betts (Cambridge Victorian Studies Group)
    The business enterprise as organization and as association in nineteenth century Britain: Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, and Auguste Comte
    Comment: Gareth Stedman Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)
    Introduction
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  • Monday 21 November
    Girolamo Imbruglia (Università di Napoli 'L'Orientale')
    'Regalism and Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Naples'
    Comment: John Robertson (University of Cambridge)
    Introduction

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  • November 28 November
    Dina Gusejnova (University College London)
    The false cosmos of new music: Adorno’s Philosophie der Neuen Musik as modern political pedagogy
    Comment: Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    Introduction

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Lent Term

  • 23 January
    Ronald Beiner (University of Toronto)
    'Civil Religion: a window into perennial themes in political philosophy'
    Introduction

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  • 30 January
    Anna Becker (Universität Basel).
    'Jean Bodin, oeconomics and politics'
    Comment: Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute)
    Introduction

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  • 6 February
    Magnus Ryan (University of Cambridge)
    'Consensual and non-consensual politics in medieval Roman Law'
    Introduction

  • 13 February
    Tom Hopkins (University of Helsinki)
    'Sismondi contra Rousseau: Social Contracts and Political Economy after the French Revolution'
    Comment: Isaac Nakhimovsky (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • 20 February
    Richard Whatmore (University of Sussex)
    'Republicanism and Empire in Britain and France 1763-1815'
    Seminar to be held jointly with the Modern European History Seminar.
    Introduction

  • 27 February
    Freyja Cox Jensen (Christ Church, Oxford)
    'Classical history in the Renaissance: what can the Universal Short Title Catalogue do for us?'
    Comment: Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • 5 March
    Jon Parkin (University of York)
    'Thomas Hobbes and the problem of self-censorship'
    Comment: Chris Brooke (King's College, Cambridge)
    Introduction

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Easter Term

  • 30 April
    James Moore (Concordia University)
    'The Scottish critics of Hume and Smith: Maclaine, Reid and Ferguson'
    Introduction

  • 7 May
    Mikko Tolonen (University of Helsinki)
    'Commerce and monarchy in Hume’s History of England'
    Comment: Istvan Hont (King's College, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • 14 May
    Malcolm Schofield (St John's College, Cambridge)
    'Roman Liberty'
    Comment: Valentina Arena (University College, London)
    Introduction
    Handout

  • 21 May
    Daniel Lee (University of Toronto)
    'The Rights of Sovereignty and Its Exercise: Civil Law Origins of a Public Law Distinction'
    Comment: Magnus Ryan (Peterhouse, Cambridge)
    Introduction

    Handout
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  • 28 May
    Jill Frank (University of South Carolina)
    'The power of persuasion in Plato'
    Comment: Miriam Leonard (University College, London)
    Introduction
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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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