Category Archives: Quentin Skinnner

Freedom and the Construction of Europe

Two volume collection of essays, Freedom and the Construction of Europe , edited by Quentin Skinner and Martin van Gelderen. Freedom, today perceived simply as a human right, was a continually contested idea in the early modern period. In Freedom and the … Continue reading

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Quentin Skinner interview

Very interesting interview with Quentin Skinner in The Art of Theory – part one and part two. If you’re even remotely interested in the history of ideas you should take a look. Among many other things, the discussion of Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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‘How should we do the history of territory?’ – Berkeley audio

The audio recording of my Berkeley talk is now available. Many thanks to Ilaria Giglioli for making the recording. “How should we do the history of territory”, University of California, Berkeley, 14 September 2011.

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Reading Foucault in Nigeria

The key work I did in Nigeria, aside from editing Society and Space, was on Foucault. This is for two, interrelated, projects. The first is to to write a chapter for the book coming out of The Foucault Effect 1991-2011 … Continue reading

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New interview with Quentin Skinner

Interesting interview between Quentin Skinner and Raia Prokovnik in the new issue of Contemporary Political Theory – requires subscription. This piece on ‘A Genealogy of the Modern State’, in the Proceedings of the British Academy is, however, available open access.

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The Foucault Effect 1991-2011 – Discussant Comments

Even though there was an audio recording, I decided to type up my handwritten comments from which I improvised my response to Daniel Defert; Colin Gordon; Peter Fitzpatrick and Maria Carolina Olarte. There is some material here that was cut due to the time – three long papers and already after 7pm when I spoke, so this is record of both what I said and would have said. This is very much a pièce d’occasion, rather than the basis for anything more, though some of the themes relate to previous concerns, or will become part of future work. Continue reading

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History of Philosophy, History of Ideas, History of Geography

Brian Leiter links to an interesting open letter on why graduate students should seriously consider studying the history of philosophy. The Leiter page also has some interesting discussion. The discussion appears, largely, to be framed within a more ‘analytic’ discourse, … Continue reading

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Quentin Skinner in Newcastle

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Keynote Lecture Series  Quentin Skinner, ‘A Genealogy of Liberty’ University of Newcastle, UK, Tuesday 8th March, 5pm, Room G21/22 of the Devonshire Building Abstract: Among contemporary political theorists, the idea of individual liberty is generally defined … Continue reading

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The Birth of Territory introduction

I don’t like writing introductions, and The Birth of Territory was definitely no exception. I’d been struggling with working out how to shape this, but now have what I think is a good working version. One of the things I … Continue reading

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Quentin Skinner interview

While looking for something else, I came across this interview with Quentin Skinner. It’s a remarkably open and at times self-critical assessment of his trajectory and how he does the kind of work he does. While eight years old, it’s … Continue reading

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