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Previous Lectures

Previous Seeley Lecturers are listed below.  The lectures are published by the CUP, the most recent being those by Anne Phillips (in 2015) and by Richard Tuck (in 2016). Publication of the lectures by Josiah Ober is expected shortly.

  • 2015 Professor Josiah Ober, Stanford
     Democracy before Liberalism
  • 2013 Professor Anne Phillips, London School of Economics
     The Politics of the Human
  • 2012 Professor Richard Tuck, Harvard University
    The Sleeping Sovereign
  • 2010 Professor Philip Pettit, Princeton University
    On the People’s Terms: A Republican View of Democracy
  • 2008 Professor Anthony Appiah, Princeton University
    Matters of Honour: a Moral History of Esteem
  • 2006 Professor Pierre Rosanvallon, Collège de France
    Counter-Democracy: History and Theory
  • 2004 Professor Cass Sunstein, University of Chicago
    Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle
  • 2002 Professor Seyla Benhabib, Harvard University
    Citizens, Residents, and Aliens: Membership and Political Theory in a New Era
  • 2000 Professor Joseph Raz, Balliol College
    Respect for People and the Value of Life
  • 1998 Professor Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago
    Feminist Internationalism
  • 1996 Professor Jeremy Waldron, University of California, Berkeley
    The Dignity of Legislation
  • 1994 Professor James Tully, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity

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