The International Conference for the Study of Political Thought is an international, interdisciplinary organization of scholars and informed citizens interested in preserving and encouraging a broad, humanistic style of thinking about politics. Founded in Toronto in 1967 by J.G.A. Pocock, Melvin Richter, and Neal Wood, CSPT is now composed of an extensive network of affiliated groups and scholarly organizations.  Regional chapters can be found in cities throughout the world, from Toronto to New York and London to Singapore, and each chapter operates differently, sharing news through a newsletter or, now, through a website.

The organization aims to hold one major conference each year on a topic of broad theoretical and political significance, drawing together scholars from intellectual history, political and social theory, philosophy and related fields.  In the early years CSPT conferences included renowned political philosophers such as Isaiah Berlin, John Rawls, Raymond Aron, Claude Lefort, John Pocock, Judith Shklar, Michael Walzer, Bernard Williams, and Sheldon Wolin. The conferences today continue to draw major figures in the field as well as younger scholars from all areas of political thought. Read more…