Researcher biography

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of London, LSE), FAHA, FASSA

Conal Condren is the author of Three Aspects of Political Theory: On the Confusions and Reformation of an Expression (Melbourne: Macmillan, 1979); The Status and Appraisal of Classic Texts: An Essay on Political Theory, its Inheritance and on The History of Ideas (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985); George Lawson's Politica and the English Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989); The Language of Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (London: Macmillan, 1994); Satire, Lies and Politics: The Case of Dr Arbuthnot (London: Macmillan, 1997); Thomas Hobbes (New York: Twayne, 2000); Argument and Authority in Early Modern England :The Presupposition of Oaths and Offices (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). With Stephen Gaukroger and Ian Hunter he has edited The Philosopher in Early Modern Europe: The Nature of a Contested Identity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2009); and ‘The Persona of the Philosopher in the Eighteenth Century’ Intellectual History Review, 18, 3 (2008).

He works both as a political philosopher and intellectual historian. Chronologically his work has ranged from the 14th to the 18th centuries and within this period he has concentrated mainly on persons and problems seen as raising broader issues. He has developed his own approach to the nature and study of intellectual history requiring the integration of materials beyond the boundaries of “politics” or “theory” and the layering of different types of context. His work has continuity of theme and places emphasis on pragmatics (word use and change) and historical interpretation. He has also published in non-historical areas of political theory/philosophy: one major work was largely taken up with the logical analysis of interpretative concepts. His forthcoming book, Political Vocabularies: word change and the nature of politics, Rochester University Press, 2017 provides a descriptive model of language change in politics.