Toleration Past and Present
Monday, 8 October 2007
7pm to 8.30pm, followed by a drinks reception
to be held at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace,
A British Academy discussion evening convened and chaired by
Professor Susan Mendus, FBA, University of York
Born in Buckinghamshire in Southern England in 1940, John Dunn studied history at King’s College,Cambridge and as Harkness Fellow at Harvard. He has been a Fellow of King’s since 1966 and Professor of Political Theory in Cambridge University since 1987. Fascinated and dismayed by the vagaries of political fate across the modern world since childhood experiences in Occupied Germany, Iran, and India, his books include The Political Thought of John Locke (1969), Modern Revolutions (2nd ed 1989), Dependence and Opportunity:political change in Ahafo (1973) (with A.F.Robertson), Western Political Theory in the Face of the Future (2nd ed 1993), The Politics of Socialism (1984), Locke (1984), Rethinking Modern Political Theory (1985), Interpreting Political Responsibility (1990), The History of Political Theory (1996), and The Cunning of Unreason: making sense of politics (2000) and Setting the People Free (2005).
Visiting Professor at Universities in Ghana, India, Japan, Canada, Italy, and the United States (Tulane, the University of Minnesota, Yale), he is a Fellow and member of the Council of the British Academy, chairing its Political Studies Section from 1994 to 1997, and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is especially interested in the politics of Japan and Korea, and was a Consultant to the Kim Dae-Jung Peace Foundation