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Welcome to the Home Page of Political Thought in Cambridge

‘Academia’, from Cesare Ripa, Iconologia (1630)
‘Academia’, from Cesare Ripa, Iconologia (1630)

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; you can also access the websites of the Faculty of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge.

Cambridge is a world-leading centre for the study of the History of Political Thought. Many of the subject’s finest practitioners have studied and taught here, among them John Dunn, Duncan Forbes, Peter Laslett, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner, Gareth Stedman Jones and Richard Tuck. Through their research and teaching, the present generation of Cambridge scholars constantly takes the subject forward in new directions, reinforced by a large and lively community of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Directors:  Professor David Runciman (Politics and International Studies) and Professor John Robertson (History)

'The Centre for Political Thought' is generously supported by the Cambridge University Press, and is administered under the aegis of the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Faculty of History.

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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