The Idea of Liberty, 1600 – 1800: A Distributional Concept Analysis


Published by University of Pennsylvania Press in the Journal of the History of Ideas, Volume 81, Number 3, July 2020.

Authors: Peter de Bolla, Ewan Jones, Paul Nulty, Gabriel Recchia, and John Regan – The Concept Lab (2014 – 2018)


This article uses computational and statistical methods for analyzing the concept of liberty 1600–1800. Based on a bespoke set of tools for parsing conceptual structures it contributes to the literature on the concept of liberty and engages with the thesis concerning negative liberty first put forward by Isaiah Berlin and subsequently modified by Quentin Skinner.