The Contemporary Use of Historical Thought


  • Iain Hampsher-Monk University of Exeter



First published in Studies in Social and Political Thought 3, 2000.

Author Biography

Iain Hampsher-Monk, University of Exeter

Iain Hampsher-Monk is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Exeter, and editor of the journal History of Political Thought. His latest publications include Burke: Revolutionary Writings: Reflection on the Revolution in France, and the First Letter on a Regicide Peace (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, 2014) and Concepts and Reason in Political Theory (ECPR press, 2015).


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How to Cite

Hampsher-Monk, I. (2017) “The Contemporary Use of Historical Thought”, Studies in Social and Political Thought, 260. doi: 10.20919/sspt.26.2016.55.