History of Political Thought Project

Jan-Werner Mueller, Director

The History of Political Thought Project pursues three aims:

  • To provide a venue for Princeton students and faculty from different disciplines to discuss both substantive and methodological issues in the history of political thought. Occasional roundtables and small discussion groups focus on particular thinkers, traditions of thought, or fundamental questions about how the study of the history of political thought ought to be conducted.
  • To sponsor a range of workshops and conferences dealing with the history of political thought, placing special, but by no means exclusive, emphasis on the history of political thought as a source for present-day normative reflection.
  • To open wider geographical and temporal horizons for the study of political thought. In particular, the project seeks to investigate different forms of publicly justifying political rule both within and outside the Western World (and both liberal as well as anti-liberal). It thereby seeks to build bridges to comparative politics, comparative constitutional law, and area studies.

We welcome ideas and proposals from faculty and students.


"Structural Transformations of the Public Sphere: Historical and Normative Perspectives"

Fri, Apr 26, 2019 (All day) to Sat, Apr 27, 2019 (All day)

It has become a commonplace that we are living through a profound structural transformation of the public sphere.  More particularly, discussions have gone from one extreme – cyberutopian visions of the internet as a force for democratization -- to another extreme: now Facebook is said to have caused the return of fascism.  Two perspectives...

Location: Marx Hall, Room 301