Peers and EqualsTeresa Bejan
Wilkinson Hall 220
Chapman University 1 University Dr,
This talk will consider how and why an ancient idea—that human beings are naturally “equal”—became suddenly and spectacularly effectual in the early modern England. It focuses on the theory and practice of the so-called Levellers and their contribution to the emergence of what contemporary political philosophers call “basic equality” as the defining premise of modern political thought.
Dr. Teresa M Bejan is Associate Professor of Political Theory and a Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration (2017) and is currently completing her second monograph for Harvard University Press, tentatively entitled First Among Equals: Early Modern Equality in Theory and Practice.
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