Rebecca Kingston is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She works in the history of French political thought (1500-1800) and on the emotions in political theory. She is author of Montesquieu and the parlement of Bordeaux (1996), Public Passion (2011) and has edited a number of volumes in both of her areas of research. As RBC Bodleian Fellow she is working on a monograph looking at the changing conceptions of the ‘public’/ ‘la chose publique’ through vernacular translations of Plutarch and early modern French and English political theory. Her talk will explore the concept of la chose publique through the Plutarch translations and political reflections of early 16th century political thinkers in France. In broad terms, thinking through the history of European political thought with more careful consideration of the French context in its development provides an important ground from which to rethink established narratives concerning the unfolding of political thought in the early modern and modern periods.
Dr Kingston is the Royal Bank of Canada-Bodleian Visiting Fellow in Trinity Term 2016