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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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Legal Histories beyond the State

The Centre for Political Thought is pleased to advertise 'Legal Histories beyond the State', an initiative of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the Centre for History and Economics, and the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought.

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New International Relations & History Working Group

The Centre is pleased to advertise the schedule for the Michaelmas term meetings of a new International Relations & History Working Group based in Cambridge.

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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'.

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. Registration is now open.

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A CRASSH conference bringing together intellectual historians and political theorists to explore the role of elites in democratic thought, from the founding figures of 'elite theory' to the present. The event will chart the trajectory of this political dilemma from its inception in the late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century to today’s crises. Registration is open.

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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.