Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History

Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History

by Darrin M. McMahon, Samuel Moyn
ISBN-10:
0199769249
ISBN-13:
9780199769247
Pub. Date:
01/14/2014
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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Overview

Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History

Modern European intellectual history is thriving as never before. It has recovered from an era in which other trends like social and cultural history threatened to marginalize it. But in spite of enjoying a contemporary renaissance, the field has lost touch with the tradition of debating why and how to study ideas and thus lacks both a well-articulated set of purposes and a range of arguments for exactly what it means to pursue those purposes. This volume revives that tradition.

Recalling past attempts to showcase the diversity and differentiation of modern European intellectual history, this volume also documents how much has changed in recent decades. Some authors are much readier to defend a history of ideas practiced over the long term - once the defining sin of the field. Others go so far as to insist on how ideas are always open to reappropriation and reevaluation beyond their original contexts - suggesting that it is an error to reduce the ideas to those contexts. Others still argue that, under threat from trends like social history, intellectual historians have forsaken any attempt to resolve for themselves how ideas are socially embodied.

The volume also registers old and new trends in history that have affected the study of ideas, including the history of science, the history of academic disciplines, the history of psychology and "self," international and global history, and women's and gender history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199769247
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 335,059
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Interim Intellectual History, Darrin M. McMahon and Samuel Moyn

1. The Return of the History of Ideas?, Darrin M. McMahon
2. Contextualism and Criticism in the History of Ideas, Peter E. Gordon
3. Does Intellectual History Exist in France?: The Chronicle of a Renaissance Foretold, Antoine Lilti
4. On Conceptual History, Jan-Werner Müller
5. Scandalous Relations: Supplementing Intellectual and Cultural History, Judith Surkis
6. Imaginary Intellectual History, Samuel Moyn
7. Has the History of the Disciplines Had Its Day?, Suzanne Marchand
8. Cosmologies Materialized: History of Science and History of Ideas, John Tresch
9. Decentering Sex: Reflections on Freud, Foucault, and Subjectivity in Intellectual History, Tracie Matysik
10. Can we see ideas? On Evocation, Experience, and Empathy, Marci Shore
11. The Space of Intellect and the Intellect of Space, John Randolph
12. The International Turn in Intellectual History, David Armitage
13. Global Intellectual History and the Indian Political, Shruti Kapila
14. Intellectual History and the Interdisciplinary Ideal, Warren Breckman

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