Humanities & Social Sciences Seminar 5: Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change

Updated: Aug 18

Following a week of disruption caused by the rapidly-developing situation presented by COVID-19, Humanities & Social Sciences seminars resumed with a recorded lecture by Dr Nicholas Cole from Pembroke College, Oxford. This focused upon the seminal writings of Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, and Frederick Douglass. Although these writers operated in different times and contexts, their ideas are ones which assist in illuminating ideas of 'evolutionary' and 'revolutionary' change, and what exactly these concepts can mean for societies at various points in time: indeed, can any of them justify a call for revolution? Dr Cole raised points to consider on what 'government' has looked like and for whom at certain points in time, and the methods by which governors can be held to account.

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