History of Ideas Research Group
The History of Ideas group explores the intellectual lives of past figures and societies - and their legacies in the present.
- the cultural, social and critical impacts of past ideas
- the thinkers who developed and shaped them
- the political, social, cultural, and intellectual contexts in which these ideas took shape
The Group’s research is cross- and inter-disciplinary, embracing a variety of methodologies and approaches, reflecting the group’s diverse theoretical and conceptual base. Among the thinkers the Group focuses on are:
- Iris Murdoch
- Jean-François Lyotard
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
- Martin Heidegger
- Antonio Gramsci
- Henri Bergson
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
- Simone Weil
- Baruch Spinoza
- Hong Xiuquan
The Group explores key ideas and movements, including:
- the English reformation
- early modern eschatology
- and cross-cultural Sino-Western encounters
As well as diverse themes in the history of:
- early modern and modern philosophy
- and twentieth-century political and philosophical thought
Research includes translations of key texts and critical appraisals of how prominent works emerged and their ongoing impact today.
The Group works with a range of organisations, including the National Trust and the People’s History Museum, as well as a partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists on policy-oriented philosophy.
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