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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 Fellow for 2018

The Quentin Skinner Lecture for 2018 will be given Dr Avi Lifschitz (University of Oxford), on 27 April 2018 on the theme of 'Philosophy and political agency in the writings of Frederick II of Prussia'. The lecture will be followed by an afternoon colloquium on related themes: speakers include Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale), Shiru Lim (UCL), Jurgen Overhoff (Munster), and Richard Bourke (Queen Mary, London). For further details, and online registration:

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Workshop with Prof. Melissa Lane

A workshop with Prof. Melissa Lane (Princeton) and Prof. Malcolm Schofield (Classics, Cambridge) to discuss Prof. Lane's first two Carlyle lectures at Oxford will be held in Cambridge on Friday 26 January 2018, between 2.30 and 4pm in the Latimer Room, Old Court, Clare College. Copies of the lectures will be available in advance to those wishing to attend. Please email if you intend to come.

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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. The conference is now full.

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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.