Thomas Lalevée

Thomas Lalevée

Position: PhD Student
School and/or Centres: School of History


Location: Level 5, RSSS Building, 146 Ellery Crescent


Mphil, University of Cambridge (2012)

Master, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2013)

Researcher profile:

Thesis title: From Perfectibility to Progress: The Search for a Science of Society in France, 1750-1850 (Awarded July, 2022)

I am a PhD candidate at the ANU School of History. My thesis is a study of the relationship between science and politics in the aftermath of the French Revolution. It explores the way in which ideas derived from natural philosophy and medicine informed attempts to construct a science of politics and society in this period. It specifically examines the crucial and ongoing significance of vitalist physiology and metaphysics for shaping projects of this kind. In doing so, my study provides a new interpretation of the relationship between late eighteenth-century republican thought and early French socialism, and, more broadly, between Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment theories of social reform.

History of Political Thought, History of Science, Intellectual History and the French Revolution.

“L’encyclopédisme de Saint-Simon: de l’idéologie au socialisme,” in Les encyclopédismes en France à l’ère des révolutions (1789-1850), eds. Jean-Luc Chappey, Julien Vincent, and Vincent Bourdeau (Besançon: Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2019) [in press]

Review of Rousseau, La République, La Paix: Actes du colloque du GIPRI (2012), in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies [in press]

 “Pierre Cabanis and the Politics of Perfectibility: From Enlightenment to Socialism,” History of European Ideas 43, no. 7 (2017)

“National Pride and Republican Grandezza: Brissot’s New Language for International Politics in the French Revolution,” French History & Civilisation 6 (2015)

ANU University Research Scholarship (2014-2019)

ANU HDR Merit Scholarship (2014-2019)

ANU-IARU Travel grant (2015)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

From Terror to Terrorism (2018), Human Rights in History (2015) and The French Revolution and Napoléon (2014) at ANU
Global History (2017) at UNSW

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