Larry Siedentop

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Larry Siedentop, May 2013.

Larry Siedentop (born Chicago 1936) is a U.S.-born British political philosopher with a special interest in nineteenth-century French liberalism. He is the author of Democracy in Europe,[1] and an occasional contributor to several major British daily newspapers, including the Financial Times and The Times.

Siedentop attended Hope College, a liberal arts college in Michigan affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, and Harvard University, where he received his AM degree. He then received a DPhil from the University of Oxford (equivalent to a PhD elsewhere) for a thesis on the thought of Joseph de Maistre and Maine de Biran, written at Magdalen College, Oxford, under the supervision of Sir Isaiah Berlin.

From 1965 to 1968 Siedentop was a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, but he spent most of his academic career as a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and a University Lecturer.

After retiring from Oxford Siedentop was a Visiting Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar, Queen Victoria Eugenia Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and a Visiting Fellow in Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

In November 2004 Siedentop was invested with a CBE for services to political thought and higher education.

Selected Books and Articles[edit]

Books as author:

Books as editor:

  • translation of: Francois Guizot (1828). The History of Civilization in Europe. ISBN 978-0140446654. 
  • (with David Miller): various (1985). 'The Nature of Political Theory'. ISBN 978-0198274735. , which is a collection of essays by and about political philosopher John Plamenatz.

Newspaper articles:


  1. ^ Penguin Press, 2000
  2. ^ Oxford University Press, 1994