Professor Richard Bourke
Professor in the History of Political Thought
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Richard Bourke specialises in the history of political thought. His research has ranged across ancient and modern intellectual history, with an emphasis on the political theory of the enlightenment. He took his first degree at University College Dublin and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He also gained a second BA in Classics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Having previously co-directed the AHRC-funded Popular Sovereignty Network, he is currently co-directing the History in the Humanities and Social Sciences Network, also funded by the AHRC. His work has attracted various accolades and awards. In 2016 he was joint winner of the István Hont Memorial Book Prize in Intellectual History. He has held a number of Fellowships in Europe and the United States, and is currently co-director of the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought. In addition to his academic research, he has contributed opinion pieces and reviews to The Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times, Political Quarterly, The Irish Times, Prospect Magazine, Aeon, Juncture, The Literary Review, Standpoint and The Nation.
- HST4603 - The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History
- HST6401 - The Enlightenment (I) and (II)
Richard Bourke’s work has focused on the history of political theory, particularly on enlightenment political thought, but also on ancient intellectual history and political ideas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has also written widely on Irish history, above all on the Troubles. In addition he has written on various issues in contemporary political thought, ranging from nationalism and conservatism to political judgment and popular sovereignty. His principal publications include Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke and Peace in Ireland: The War of Ideas . He has also co-edited Political Judgement, The Princeton History of Modern Ireland, and Popular Sovereignty in Historical Perspective. He is currently working on the philosophy of history since Kant, and on the history of democracy.
- Eighteenth-Century Political Thought
- Enlightenment Intellectual History
- Ancient Political Thought
- Twentieth-Century Political Ideas
- Political Judgement
- Modern Nationalism
- Irish History
Fellowships and Awards
- Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Free University, Berlin (2018)
- Choice Outstanding Academic Title for The Princeton History of Modern Ireland (2017).
- Joint winner of the István Hont Memorial Book Prize in Intellectual History (2016).
- Book of the Year Award for The Princeton History of Modern Ireland from The Irish Times (2016).
- Book of the Year for Empire and Revolution from The Guardian, The Spectator, The Irish Times (2015).
- Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2014-15)
- James M. Osborn Fellowship in English Literature and History, Beinecke Library, Yale (2010).
- William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Fellowship, UCLA (2009).
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Historical Institute, University of Munich, Germany (2006–07).
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino (2011).
- Sir Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize (Final Shortlist) (2005).
- John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellowship, Brown University (2004).
Membership of professional associations or societies
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Recent Selected Publications
- ‘Reflections on the Political Thought of the Irish Revolution’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 27 (2017), pp. 175–91.
- ‘Staryy poryadok i Revolyutsiya’ (The Old Regime and the Revolution), ФИЛОСОФИЯ (Philosophy: Journal of the Higher School of Economics), 1:1 (Moscow 2017), pp. 34–56.
- Editor, with Quentin Skinner, and contributor, Popular Sovereignty in Historical Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), x + 420 pp. Paperback 2017.
- Editor, with Ian McBride, and contributor, The Princeton History of Modern Ireland (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016), iv + 544 pp.
- ‘War Edmund Burke ein Konservativer? Notizen zum Begriff des Konservatismus’, Leviathan: Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft, 44:1 (2016), pp. 65–96.
- Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015), pp. xxiv + 1001 pp. Paperback 2017.
- ‘Edmund Burke als Aufklärer’, Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, 9: 3 (Autumn 2015), pp. 111–16.
- Peace in Ireland: The War of Ideas (London: Random House, Pimlico, 2003, 2nd edition with new Preface, 2012), xvi + 462 pp.
- ‘Party, Parliament and Conquest in Newly Ascribed Burke Manuscripts’, Historical Journal, 55:3 (September 2012), pp. 619–52.
- ‘Burke, Enlightenment and Romanticism’ in David Dwan and Chris Insole eds., The Cambridge Companion to Burke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 27–40.
- ‘Languages of Conflict and the Northern Ireland Troubles’, Journal of Modern History, 83:3 (September 2011), pp. 544–78.
- ‘Pocock and the Presuppositions of the New British History’, Historical Journal, 53:3 (September 2010), pp. 747–70.
- Editor, with Raymond Geuss, and contributor, Political Judgement: Essays for John Dunn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), viii + 354 pp. Paperback 2017.
- ‘Theory and Practice: The Revolution in Political Judgement’ in Political Judgement: Essays for John Dunn, eds. Richard Bourke and Raymond Geuss (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 73–110.
- ‘Enlightenment, Revolution and Democracy’, Constellations, 15:1 (March 2008), pp. 10–32.
Professor Bourke welcomes applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- History of Political Thought
- Enlightenment Intellectual History
- Modern Irish History
Current PHD Students
Recent broadcasts, public lectures and interviews
- Edmund Burke (New Books Network)
- Sovereignty (In Our Time)
- What was the Old Regime?
- The Prudence, Principles and Passion of Edmund Burke: A Conversation with Richard Bourke
- Talking History (Edmund Burke)
- Edmund Burke (The National Review)
- Edmund Burke and the Origins of Conservatism
- Popular Sovereignty
- British Conservatism: The Grand Tour
- Edmund Burke (In Our Time)
- Edmund Burke on Politics
Appearances in the media
Richard Bourke has commented on both past and current affairs, particularly on British, Irish and European politics, as well as on the history of ideologies like democracy and conservatism, for a range of print and other media, including BBC television, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio, Press TV, RTÉ Radio, Financial Times, The Irish Times and Prospect Magazine. He has also written essays and reviews for such periodicals as the Times Literary Supplement, Political Quarterly, The Literary Review, Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte and Revista de História da Biblioteca Nacional.