What do intellectual historians currently investigate? And why is this relevant for us today? These are some of the questions our podcast series, led by graduate students at Cambridge, seeks to explore. It aims to introduce intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics. Do join in on our conversations!
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Spinoza, Feminism, and the History of Philosophy (Prof. Susan James)
What makes the seventeenth century such a fascinating period in the history of philosophy? In what ways does Spinoza speak to contemporary philosophical problems? And in what sense is philosophy an inherently historical discipline? These are some of the questions that we asked Susan James, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College London.
Some books and papers mentioned in this episode are:
- Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown
- The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
- Spinoza on philosophy, religion, and politics: the Theologico-political treatise by Susan James
- 'Responding Emotionally to Fiction: A Spinozist Approach' by Susan James
- Early Modern French Thought by Michael Moriarty
Decolonisation, Freedom, and African Intellectual History (Prof. Emma Hunter)
What can decolonisation in twentieth century Africa tell us about the history of political thought? How might African intellectual history shed light on new methods and modes of inquiry? And what does it mean to ‘decolonise’ intellectual history? Emma Hunter, professor of global and African history at the University of Edinburgh and the 2018/19 Quentin Skinner Fellow, joins us to discuss these questions and more in this episode.
Weber, Liberty, and the Anthropocene (Prof. Duncan Kelly)
What can history contribute to the pursuits of contemporary political theory? What does the notion of the Anthropocene have to do with the history of political thought? And what exactly is the legacy of the political thought produced during the First World War? These are some of the questions discussed in this episode with Duncan Kelly, professor of political thought and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge, and the author of Politics and the Anthropocene (2019).
Law, History and Global Governance (Dr Megan Donaldson)
What is the place of history in the study of law? How do historians of international law conceive of emergent actors on the global stage? To what extent do legal histories shape the expectations and commitments of today’s international institutions? Dr Megan Donaldson, recently appointed to a lectureship in Public International Law at University College London, addresses these questions and shares her experience of a complex intersection between law, legal history and the history of political thought.
#Globalgovernance #legalhistory #internationallaw #deliberativedemocracy #publicity #interwarperiod
Gender and Political Thought (Dr Anna Becker)
How does an attention to gender change our understanding of Renaissance political texts and the history of ideas more broadly? How can we challenge the traditional divide between the political public and the apolitical private spheres? And in what ways is re-evaluating the conceptual relationship between disadvantaged groups in the early modern period fruitful for our own times? We spoke to Anna Becker, from the Centre of Privacy Studies at the University of Copenhagen, to discuss these questions and more.
#gender #Renaissance #household #Machiavelli #Bodin #power #sovereignty
Bodin, Self-Translation, and the Environment in early modern Europe (Dr Sara Miglietti)
Which ideas and values shaped the relationship between humans and their environment in early modern Europe? Why did authors become interested in translating their own work, and what ramifications could this have? How can the ways in which authors were read, copied, and censored in the past enrich our understanding of their work? These are some of the questions we discuss with Dr Sara Miglietti, Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute in London.