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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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Quentin Skinner Lecture and Colloquium 2017 - Sophie Smith

A video of Dr. Sophie Smith's lecture, 'The nature of Politics. Political Science in Early Modern England' and an accompanying podcast interview are now available.

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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'.

New International Relations & History Working Group launched

The Centre is pleased to advertise the schedule for the Michaelmas term meetings of a new International Relations & History Working Group based in Cambridge. Papers will be circulated a week in advance. Each meeting is held on Thursday at 1pm in the Wine Room of King’s College, with coffee, tea and biscuits served from 14.30. To subscribe to the mailing list email

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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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Interventions | The Intellectual History Podcast

A brand new intellectual history podcast by grad students at Cambridge. Interventions introduces intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics.