Professor Moyn Delivers Carlyle Lectures at Oxford


Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence Samuel Moyn will deliver six lectures at the University of Oxford this term as part of its annual Carlyle Lectures in the History of Political Thought series.

Moyn, who is also Professor of History at Yale University, joins a list of scholars whose lectures on the history of political thought cover a range of periods and geographic locations. Moyn’s lecture series, titled “The Cold War and the Canon of Liberalism” runs through March 1, 2022.

“It has been a wonderful privilege to spend a term meeting colleagues at the University of Oxford to deliver these lectures, especially since so many of the prior contributions to the series have led to books I know and treasure,” Moyn said.

Moyn’s areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially 20th-century European moral and political theory.

His most recent book, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (2021) examines how America’s wars have become more ethical, but also shored up the military enterprise. Moyn’s work has appeared in The Boston Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Past scholars invited to deliver the Carlyle Lectures include Quentin Skinner, Melissa Lane, Annabel Brett, and Mark Goldie.

Recordings are available the Wednesday after each lecture from the University of Oxford website.

Jan. 25
Against the Enlightenment (Judith Shklar)

Feb. 1
The Romantic Revolution (Isaiah Berlin)

Feb. 8
The Terrors of Historical Progress (Karl Popper)

Feb. 15
Jewish Christianity (Gertrude Himmelfarb)

Feb. 22
White Freedom (Hannah Arendt)

March 1
The Garrisoned Self (Lionel Trilling)