Upcoming events

‘Only that which has no history is definable’ (Nietszche) – lecture by Mark Philp (Warwick)

Date and time: Tuesday 26 March 2024, 16.00-17.30
Place: Utrecht, Kromme nieuwegracht 80, 1.06


In this paper Mark Philp will discuss two strands of research that he has followed for more than 20 years – on democracy and on political corruption – as a way of reflecting on Nietszche’s comment and on its implications for the belief that history retains a relevance to our understanding and analysis of the modern world. 


Mark Philp is a British political philosopher and historian of political thought who specialises in British political thought in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He has published books on Thomas Paine and on responses to the French Revolution in Britain. Philp was a Fellow of Oriel College from 1983 to 2013, and was head of the then newly created University of Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations from 2000 to 2005. He is currently professor of History and Politics at the University of Warwick working on political corruption and the standards of public life, as well as democratic thought in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. With Joanna Innes (Oxford), he co-directs the research project ‘Re-imagining Democracy 1750-1850’.

Lecture by Herman Bennett (City University of New York / Queen Mary, University of London): title t.b.a.

14 may 2024, Amsterdam

Abstract and biography will follow

The limits of Enlightenment: Frederick II, the philosophes and the common people – Lecture by Avi Lifschitz (Oxford)

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