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Barret Reiter

Barret Reiter
St. Edmunds College
Mt. Pleasant

Cambridge CB3 0BN


Barret received his BA in Political Science and the History of Art from the University of Winnipeg. He then obtained his MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation on "Imagination in the Political Thought of Thomas Hobbes and Gerrard Winstanley." His current PhD topic developed out of this project and is tentatively entitled "The Politics of the Confessional Imagination from Calvin to Hobbes." 

Research Interests

Barret is broadly interested in the interrelationships between aesthetic and political thought, with a particular focus on the nature of the imagination in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries, especially in England. His own research examines the connections between religious and philosophical writings on the imagination and the relationship of the Reformation to transformations in political thought and natural philosophy. In addition to his historical work on early-modern theology, philosophy and aesthetics, Barret also has keen interests in British and Canadian political thought, both historic and contemporary, especially the work of Charles Taylor; the history and philosophy of social science, as well as modern aesthetics, art and architecture.


POL1: The Modern State and its Alternatives

Part I, Paper 19 / POL7: History of Political Thought to c.1700

“Theories and Methods” for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History

Other Professional Activities

Co-convened the Graduate Workshop in Political Thought and Intellectual History, 2017-18, 2018-19

Co-organised the 2018 Graduate Conference "Aesthetics and Poetics in the History of Political Thought"


  • Early Modern History