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2011-2012

Michaelmas Term

  • Monday 10 October
    David Runciman (University of Cambridge)
    'Three Views of Democracy'
    Introduction

  • Monday 17 October
    Dmitri Levitin (Trinity College, Cambridge)
    'Some new sources and contexts for the De legibus Hebraeorum (1685) of John Spencer, father of 'enlightened' sacred history'
    Comment: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)
    Introduction

  • Monday 24 October
    Sarah Hutton (University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Wolfson College, Cambridge)
    'Women, freedom and equality: Margaret Cavendish and Mary Astell'
    Comment: Joanne Wright (University of New Brunswick and Clare Hall, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • Monday 31 October
    Ben Jackson (University College, Oxford)
    'Freedom, the Common Good and the Rule of Law: Lippmann and Hayek on Economic Planning'
    Comment: Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • Monday 7 November
    Mark Knights (University of Warwick) and Phil Withington (University of Cambridge)
    'A social and cultural history of early modern keywords and concepts'
    Introduction
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  • Monday 14 November
    Jos Betts (Cambridge Victorian Studies Group)
    The business enterprise as organization and as association in nineteenth century Britain: Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, and Auguste Comte
    Comment: Gareth Stedman Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)
    Introduction
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  • Monday 21 November
    Girolamo Imbruglia (Università di Napoli 'L'Orientale')
    'Regalism and Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Naples'
    Comment: John Robertson (University of Cambridge)
    Introduction

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  • November 28 November
    Dina Gusejnova (University College London)
    The false cosmos of new music: Adorno’s Philosophie der Neuen Musik as modern political pedagogy
    Comment: Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    Introduction

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Lent Term

  • 23 January
    Ronald Beiner (University of Toronto)
    'Civil Religion: a window into perennial themes in political philosophy'
    Introduction

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  • 30 January
    Anna Becker (Universität Basel).
    'Jean Bodin, oeconomics and politics'
    Comment: Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute)
    Introduction

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  • 6 February
    Magnus Ryan (University of Cambridge)
    'Consensual and non-consensual politics in medieval Roman Law'
    Introduction

  • 13 February
    Tom Hopkins (University of Helsinki)
    'Sismondi contra Rousseau: Social Contracts and Political Economy after the French Revolution'
    Comment: Isaac Nakhimovsky (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • 20 February
    Richard Whatmore (University of Sussex)
    'Republicanism and Empire in Britain and France 1763-1815'
    Seminar to be held jointly with the Modern European History Seminar.
    Introduction

  • 27 February
    Freyja Cox Jensen (Christ Church, Oxford)
    'Classical history in the Renaissance: what can the Universal Short Title Catalogue do for us?'
    Comment: Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • 5 March
    Jon Parkin (University of York)
    'Thomas Hobbes and the problem of self-censorship'
    Comment: Chris Brooke (King's College, Cambridge)
    Introduction

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Easter Term

  • 30 April
    James Moore (Concordia University)
    'The Scottish critics of Hume and Smith: Maclaine, Reid and Ferguson'
    Introduction

  • 7 May
    Mikko Tolonen (University of Helsinki)
    'Commerce and monarchy in Hume’s History of England'
    Comment: Istvan Hont (King's College, Cambridge)
    Introduction
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  • 14 May
    Malcolm Schofield (St John's College, Cambridge)
    'Roman Liberty'
    Comment: Valentina Arena (University College, London)
    Introduction
    Handout

  • 21 May
    Daniel Lee (University of Toronto)
    'The Rights of Sovereignty and Its Exercise: Civil Law Origins of a Public Law Distinction'
    Comment: Magnus Ryan (Peterhouse, Cambridge)
    Introduction

    Handout
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  • 28 May
    Jill Frank (University of South Carolina)
    'The power of persuasion in Plato'
    Comment: Miriam Leonard (University College, London)
    Introduction
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