Department of Philosophy

Mark Bevir: PhD course - Philosophy, History, and the History of Philosophy

This course is for PhD students in philosophy and will be held in English entirely:

Main content

Reading List

  • Mark Bevir, The Logic of the History of Ideas
  • Quentin Skinner, Meaning and Context: Quentin Skinner and His Critics, ed J. Tully, chaps 1-5
  • Michel Foucault, "Nietzsche, Genealogy, History", in The Foucault Reader, ed. P. Rabinow
  • David Cousins Hoy, “Genealogy, Phenomenology, and Critical Theory”, Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (2008), 276-94.
  • Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
  • Quentin Skinner, "The ideological Context of Hobbes's Political Thought", Historical Journal (1966).


  • 12/8, 9-13 Session 1: Historicism
  • 13/8, 9-13 Session 2: Contextualism
  • 14/8, 9-13 Session 3: Genealogy
  • 15/8, 9-14 Session 4: Student presentations

Mark Bevir is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Professor in the Graduate School of Governance, United Nations University (MERIT), and a Distinguished Research Professor in the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

Mark's research interests in political theory include moral philosophy, political philosophy, and the history of political thought. His work on public policy focuses on organization theory, democratic theory, and governance. His methodological interests cover the philosophy of social science, the history of social science, and interpretive analysis. Mark's recent research has used interpretive theory to explore current patterns of governance and some democratic alternatives. He focuses on public sector reform, democratic reform, foreign policy, and security policy.