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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 Richard Bourke (History), Dr. Duncan Bell (Politics and International Studies), Prof. Duncan Kelly (Politics and International Studies)

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 (POLIS) and the Faculty of History.

The Seeley Lecturer for 2019 is Professor Elizabeth Anderson (Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan). Prof. Anderson will lecture on "The Great Reversal: How Neoliberalism turned Classical Liberal Principles Against Workers" on 7, 9, 14, 16 May 2019.

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Our intellectual history podcast, run by graduate students at Cambridge. Interventions introduces intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics

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