Department of Politics

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  • Minutes, agendas and memoranda of departmental meetings 1968-1978
  • Student records 1965-1979

Administrative / Biographical History

The subject of Politics has been studied at Glasgow University as long as the Chair of Moral Philosophy has existed. This was founded, along with the Chair of Logic and Rhetoric in 1727  . Gerschom Carmichael ( 1727-1730  ) was the first Professor of Moral Philosophy. The Moral Philosophy class was concerned with Ethics, Jurisprudence, Natural Theology, and Political Economy. Notable holders of the Chair of Moral Philosophy have included Francis Hutcheson ( 1730-1746  ), Adam Smith ( 1752-1764  ), and Thomas Reid ( 1764-1796  ). A full list of the University's professors from 1451  to 2001  can be found at  .

In 1909  a Lectureship in Political Philosophy was founded with funds raised to commemorate Edward Caird , Professor of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University ( 1866-1893  ). The first Lecturer in Political Philosophy was Robert Alexander Duff ( 1909-1926  ). In 1960  this became an independent department with the replacement of the Lectureship with the Chair in Political and Social Theory. The Chair was renamed twice, first to Political and Social Philosophy in 1965  , and finally to Politics in 1970  . The first holder of the Chair was David Daiches Raphael ( 1960-1970  ).

In 1965  the James Bryce Chair of Politics was founded as a Chair of Government, its title being changed to Politics in 1970  . The first holder of the Chair was William James Millar Mackenzie ( 1966-1970  ).

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Subfonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, archives assistant, January 2002  and John O'Brien, archives assistant, October 2002  .