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Professor Iain Hampsher-Monk

BA (Keele), FSA (Scotland)


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Telephone: 01392 723172

Professor of Political Theory, Joint Editor of History of Political Thought

I have taught and researched political theory at Exeter the USA, and the Netherlands since 1971.  Janet Coleman and I founded the top-ranked journal History of Political Thought here in 1980. In Exeter too I wrote the PSA Prize-winning - A History of Modern Political Thought (Blackwell, 1992), now in its eleventh re-printing.

Whilst I have interests in all areas of political theory, my main research focus lies in early-modern European political thought and discourse, in particular, in republican thought and its naturalisation in British political thinking, in British seventeenth and eighteenth-century radicalism, the political thought of Edmund Burke and his contemporaries, and in methodological problems associated with the history and understanding of the political thought of the past and its relationship to contemporary political theorising. However, I also work and publish on aspects of contemporary political thought, particularly in areas associated with democratic theory, toleration and theories of equality, and in the application of economic thinking to political understanding and analysis.

My postgraduate supervision has included many of these areas as well as theses on the thought of figures well outside it such as that of Leon Trotsky and the Iranian politician and writer, Mehdi Bazargan- a fuller list on my research tab.

My international research links have recently been more with Europe than with the Anglophone world. I was an initiator and steering committee member of the European Science Foundation Network: Republicanism: a shared European Heritage which resulted in Republicanism A shared European Heritage, ed. van-Gelderen and Skinner (2vols) CUP, The Demands of Citizenship ed. McKinnon and Hampsher-Monk, Palgrave, and Republican Founding ed. Bodeker, Larr�re and Comparato, Olshki (forthcoming), to each of which I also contributed. I participated in the British Academy � CNRS collaboration Political Philosophy since Hobbes. Since 1995 I have become involved with national projects in the Netherlands and Finland modelled on the German genre of conceptual history � �Begriffsgeschichte�. I have particularly strong links at present with the Intellectual history research programme at the European University Institute in Florence. Since 2002, the two institutions have established an annual joint postgraduate conference bringing together students from the two institutions and other European centres for the history of political thought. Proceedings of these are now being published in History of Political Thought (2007, 2010).

Personal projects over the next few years will include several articles and a monograph on the political thought of Edmund Burke, a second edition of my History of Modern Political Thought, and the Cambridge Texts edition of Burke�s Reflections on the Revolution in France.