Political Theory Group

Researching political theory and philosophy

The LSE is a leading centre for the study of political theory and philosophy, constituting one of the UK's largest concentrations of researchers in this area and related fields. The Political Theory Group in the Department of Government maintains close relations with political theorists and philosophers in other parts of the School, for example in the Departments of Law, Philosophy, and International Relations.

The Group is characterised by a vibrant research culture, centred around an active doctoral programme and a highly regarded external speaker series. We provide a research-led teaching programme at the MSc level, which attracts students from many different parts of the world.


The group runs a regular Political Philosophy Research Seminar and Doctoral Workshop: Political Theory.

GV503 Political Philosophy Research Seminar

The Political Theory Group invites domestic and international guest speakers to present and discuss papers. The seminar is attended by staff members, and PhD students from the Department of Government, but it also has regular participants from other departments and universities. Visitors are welcome.

Programme 2018/19

All seminars take place Thursday 16:00-18:00 in building 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Room 32L.LG.18 (Lower Ground Floor). They are typically followed by drinks. Everyone is invited.

Michaelmas Term

11 October
Martin O'Neill (York), "Normative Foundations for Community Wealth Building"

25 October
Diarmuid Costello (Warwick), “On the very Idea of ‘Political’ Art: The Curious Case of Jeremy Deller”

15 November
David Runciman (Cambridge), "Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Agency"
(please note different time/location - this week's seminar will take place 17:00-19:00 in 32L.G.03)

6 December
Matteo Bonotti (Monash), "Free Speech, Bound Language"

13 December
Juliana Bidadanure (Stanford), "Are Inequalities in Employment Opportunities between Young and Old ever Acceptable?"

Lent Term

17 January
Ines Valdez (Ohio State), "A Critique of Racialized Violence: History and Labor Beyond (US) Immigration"

31 January
Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen), “How to use someone 'merely as a means'”

7 February
Shatema Threadcraft (Dartmouth), “Contemplating the #metoo mundane in an era of spectacular black death”

7 March
William Selinger (University College London), title tbc

21 March
Jason Stanley (Yale), title tbc

16 May
Paul Apostolidis (Whitman College), title tbc

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Research areas

One of the Group's key assets is the breadth and diversity of interests and expertise, including:

  • Contemporary moral philosophy and political theory
  • History of political thought
  • Comparative political theory
  • Philosophy of social science
  • Rational and social choice theory