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Anthony Pagden

Anthony Pagden

Pagden AnthonyAnthony Pagden
Oxford University, 1983


Office: 4244 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-9984
Fax: (310) 825-0778

Mailing Address:
UCLA Department of Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Box 951472
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472

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Political Theory and Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Research Interests:

The political social and legal theory of empires and imperialism from antiquity to the present; the "encounter" between Europeans and "others" in the Americas and the Pacific; the sources of the conflict between the "West" and "East"; cosmopolitanism and Enlightenment.


Anthony Pagden was educated in Santiago (Chile) London, Barcelona and Oxford and holds a B.A.. M.A. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He has been a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, Senior Research Fellow of the Warburg Institute (London), Professor of History at the European University Institute (Florence), University Reader in Intellectual History and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and the Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins. His research has concentrated on the relationship, cultural, political and legal, between the peoples of Europe and its overseas settlements and those of the non-European world from the Atlantic to the Pacific. His main concern is in the political theory of empire, in how the “West” sought to explain to itself how and why it had come to dominate so much of the world, and in the present consequences of the erosion of that domination. He has also written widely about cosmopolitanism, nationalism, internationalism and about the history and the future of the European Union. He is the author of more than a dozen books many of which have been translated into a number of European and Asian languages. His most recent publications include Worlds and War. The 2,500 Year Struggle between East and West (Random House and Oxford University Press) in 2008 and The Enlightenment - and why it still matters (Random House and Oxford University Press) in 2013. He has also written for the New Republic, the National Interest the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, El Pais (Spain) Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy) the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

He teaches classes in the history of political thought from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, in the theory of international relations, and seminars on imperialism and nationalism and on the theory of racism and ethnicity since antiquity.

Selected Publications:

Lords of all the World.  Ideologies of Empire in Britain, France and Spain (Yale University Press, 1995).

Peoples and Empires. Europeans and the Rest of the World, from Antiquity to the Present (The Modern Library, 2001).

"Civil Society and the fate of the Republics of Latin America", (with Luí­s Castro Leiva) in Sudipta Kaviraj and Sunil Khilnani eds. Civil Society History and Possibilities (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

La Ilustración y sus enemigos Dos ensayos sobre los orí­genes de la modernidad (Madrid: Editorial Pení­nsula, 2002).

(ed.) The Idea of Europe from Antiquity to the European Union (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

"Human Rights, Natural Rights and Europe's Imperial Legacy" in Political Theory 31 (2003).

"Imperialism, liberalism and the quest for eternal peace", in Daedalus, 134 (2005).

Worlds at War. The 2,500 year Struggle between East and West (Random House, 2008).

Law, Colonization, Legitimation and the European Background in The Cambridge History of American Law (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

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