The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Prof Cary J. Nederman
BA (Columbia), MA (York), PhD (York)

Research Interests:
Cary J. Nederman is professor and director of graduate studies in the department of political science at Texas A&M University, College Station.  His research concentrates on the history of Western political thought, with a focus on Greek, Roman, and early European ideas up to the seventeenth century.  He illuminates the relationship between historical traditions and contemporary concerns. Nederman is presently pursuing several lines of research.  He plans to continue work on the early history of political economy that has already yielded several published articles.  He is also investigating the origins of European nationalism in late medieval and early modern political thought, a project that he hopes will lead to a book manuscript.  Moreover, he continues to work on topics in medieval rhetoric and the reception of classical political ideas in the Latin Middle Ages.

Among his recent and forthcoming volumes are:

Authored Books

Machiavelli. Beginner’s Guide Series. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, under contract and projected for 2009.

Lineages of European Political Thought: Explorations along the Medieval/Modern Divide. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, in press and forthcoming Winter/Spring 2009.

John of Salisbury. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies Volume 288. Tempe: Arizona State University/Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005.

Worlds of Difference: European Discourses of Toleration, c.1100-c.1550. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.

Edited Collections

Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia (co-edited with Takashi Shogimen). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, under contract and projected for 2008.

Mind Matters: Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual History in Honor of Marcia Colish (coedited with Nancy Van Deusen and Ann Matter). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, under contract and projected for 2008.

A Companion to Marsilius of Padua (co-edited with Gerson Moreno-Riaño). Leiden: Brill Publishers, under contract and projected for 2008.

Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages, 1200-1500 (coedited with István Bejczy). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2007.

Heresy in Transition: Transforming Ideas of Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (coedited with Ian Hunter and John Christian Laursen). London: Ashgate, 2005.

Speculum Sermonis: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Medieval Sermon (co-edited with Georgiana Donavin and Richard Utz). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2004 [released in April 2005].

Talking Democracy: Historical Approaches to Rhetoric and Democratic Theory (co-edited with Benedetto Fontana and Gary Remer). University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2004.

Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

“Friendship in Public Life during the Twelfth Century: Theory and Practice in the Writings of John of Salisbury.” Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 38 (Fall 2007), 385-397.

“Giving Thrasymachus His Due: The Political Argument of Republic I and Its Reception.” POLIS: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought 24 (2007), 26-42.

“Intercultural Communication: An Historical Overview of Dialogue Models” (with Sara R. Jordan and Natalya Limonova) (in Russian). Humanistic Studies (Omsk Polytechnic University) 11 (2006), 37-44.

“Herding Cats: The View from the Volume and Series Editor.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 36 (July 2005), 221-228.

“Economic Nationalism and the `Spirit of Capitalism’: Civic Collectivism and National Wealth in the Thought of John Fortescue.” History of Political Thought 26 (2005), 266-283.

“Empire and the Historiography of European Political Thought: Marsiglio of Padua, Nicholas of Cusa, and the Medieval/Modern Divide.” Journal of the History of Ideas 65 (2005), 1-15.

“Imperfect Regimes in the Christian Political Thought of Medieval Europe: From the Fathers to the Fourteenth Century.” Mélanges de l’Université Saint-Joseph 57 (2004), 525-551.

“Body Politics: The Diversification of Organic Metaphors in the Later Middle Ages.” Pensiero Politico Medievale 2 (2004), 59-87.

“What is Dead and What is Living in the Scholarship of Walter Ullmann.” Pensiero Politico Medievale 2 (2004), 11-19.


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