Political Theory Reading Group
Current Reading and Place of Meetings
The next reading and location of the meetings will be arranged at the start of Michaelmas term. Contact email@example.com with your suggestions for the next text to read.
The founding members of the group include Maria Dimova-Cookson, Steve Welch, Gidon Cohen and Ilan Baron. The group has expanded to include some of the PhD students in SGIA whose work focuses on multiculturalism, religion in politics and human rights.
The group is open to academics and PhD students interested in political theory and history of ideas.
Setting of the group
The reading group was set up by members of SGIA staff with interests in political theory, history of ideas, international relations theory, multiculturalism and political culture. The readings are selected by the members of the group and typically focus on works that have had a significant impact on contemporary philosophy and political thought. The first meeting was in January 2012. The group now meets on a weekly basis.
Methods of work
No preliminary reading or preparation is required. All members have a copy of the text and they take turns in reading paragraphs or pages from it – depending on the complexity of the text. Typically there is a short discussion after each read section.
Works read so far:
Tim Scanlon 'What We Owe to Each Other'
Donald Davidson ‘On the very idea of a conceptual scheme’
Immanuel Kant ‘An Answer to the question What is Enlightenment?’
Will Kymlicka Multicultural citizenship
Brian Barry Culture and Equality
Immanuel Kant Metaphysics of Morals
Recent and Forthcoming Meetings