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Centre for Political Thought

Political Theory Reading Group

Place of the meetings and Current Reading

Meetings take place in Southend house, room 008, on Friday afternoons, 1:30 to 2:30. Epiphany term meetings resume on 8 January 2016.

photo by Karolina Sikorska

Setting of the group

The reading group was set up by members of SGIA stuff 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.


The founding members of the group included 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.

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.

Currently reading


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

22 March 2013 meeting

Recent and Forthcoming Meetings