Lecture by Prof. James Harris (St Andrews)

“The possibility of a people: Locke and Pufendorf in reply to Hobbes”

Date & time: Monday May 11, 2019: 15.00-17.00
Location: Roeterseilandcomplex (room REC B2.04)
Entrance is free, registration not required.

James Harris is Professor in the History of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His research focuses on early modern philosophy. He is the author of Hume: An Intellectual Biography. Cambridge University Press, 2015; and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Oxford University Press, 2013, among many other publications. Prof. Harris is currently writing a book on post-Hobbesian political thought. He argues that Locke’s engagement with the ideas of Sir Robert Filmer, and political obligation generally, is more central to eighteenth-century British political thought than is commonly recognized. Eighteenth-century British political thought is structured around a fundamental disagreement between those who, like Locke, believe in natural liberty, and those who, like Filmer, do not believe in natural liberty.