Professor Richard Bourke FBA

Elected 2018

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Richard Bourke’s work focuses on the history of political thought, particularly on the political ideas of the enlightenment, but he also has interests in ancient philosophy, and in political theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has written, in addition, on Irish history, above all on the Troubles. He has also published on various issues in contemporary political thought, ranging from nationalism and conservatism to political judgment and popular sovereignty. He has worked on the philosophy of history since Kant, and on the history of democracy.

Current post

University of Cambridge Professor of the History of Political Thought

King's College, Cambridge Fellow

Past appointments

Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin Visiting Fellow

2018 -

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Fellow

2014 - 2015

Queen Mary University of London Professor in the History of Political Thought

2012 - 2018

Queen Mary University of London Reader

2010 - 2012

Historicum, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München Visiting Fellow

2006 - 2007

Queen Mary University of London Senior Lecturer

2005 - 2010

Queen Mary University of London Lecturer

2004 - 2005

Queen Mary University of London Lecturer

1993 - 1994

University College Dublin Lecturer

1990 - 1993

Top picks

Burke was no conservative


Richard Bourke explains how Edmund Burke’s support for the American Revolution, and opposition to the French, have been misunderstood.

The concept of sovereignty


Richard Bourke on political community, history of political philosophy, and the modern struggle over the location of sovereignty.

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