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Journal of the History of Ideas
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ISSN (Print) 0022-5037 - ISSN (Online) 1086-3222
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  • When the Eyes Are Shut: The Strange Case of Girolamo Cardano’s Idolum in
           Somniorum Synesiorum Libri IIII (1562)
    • Abstract: In Athens, Still Remains, a philosophical essay on a collection of photographs of contemporary Athens by Jean-François Bonhomme, the twentieth-century French philosopher Jacques Derrida describes the relationship between photographs and their subject matter as an experience of mourning, which bears the grief for what is lost between the moment of the object—or the person—in front of the camera and the snapshot: “But each one of them [the photographs] remains in its turn what it becomes: a funerary inscription with a proper name. Having to keep what it loses, namely the departed, does not every photograph act in effect through the bereaved experience of such a proper name, through the irresistible singularity of its ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pierre Bayle and the Secularization of Conscience
    • Abstract: The concept of moral conscience first appeared in the writings of the Greek playwrights of the fifth century BCE, at which time the concept was not tied to theology.1 According to Richard Sorabji, who has recently (2014) written the most complete and carefully documented history of the concept, conscience (suneidesis) originally referred to sharing knowledge of a defect with oneself. However, St. Paul’s historically important appropriation of the concept then gave conscience a theological turn that endured throughout the Middle Ages. In his Letter to the Romans (2:14–15), St. Paul portrays conscience as an interior witness of our actions that will either accuse or excuse us on the Day of Judgment. This concept of ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Volney and the French Revolution
    • Abstract: One of the French intellectuals most immersed in history during the late eighteenth century, Constantin-François de Chasseboeuf, better known by the pen name “Volney,” wrote books that vividly show the hopes and worries of the period. A subject worthy of serious scholarly attention, Volney’s writing provides an invaluable window into the historical anxieties of intellectuals at the beginning of the French Revolution. Before the Revolution he was already a noted historian of antiquity. During the Revolution he was a deputy to the Estates General and the National Constituent Assembly, a member of the French Academy, and a professor of history at the École normale. In 1789 he was already so well known that he felt it ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • “Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity”: Mary
           Wollstonecraft’s Literary Criticism in the Analytical Review and A
           Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    • Abstract: In the summer of 1791, Mary Wollstonecraft was hard at work on A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792).1 Both the book and the woman were something new in the world. Rights of Woman is arguably the founding text of feminism and Wollstonecraft was among the few women in Britain to earn a living from regular literary and journalistic work.2 In 1787, at the age of 28, Mary Wollstonecraft relocated to London and began working for the publisher Joseph Johnson. Her professional duties expanded quickly. She was one of the first and most frequent contributors to Johnson’s new periodical, the Analytical Review. Within a year, she was writing as many as thirty reviews a ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Family, Gender, and Progress: Sophie de Grouchy and Her Exclusion in the
           Publication of Condorcet’s Sketch of Human Progress
    • Abstract: Fearing arrest after his denunciation by the Jacobin Chabot, Nicolas de Condorcet went into hiding in the home of a Madame Vernet, not far from the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. He stayed there from 9 July 1793 until the end of March 1794, a few days before his death. While in hiding, Condorcet started to write an apology (Justification), which was meant to explain and justify his role in the revolution and to show that he had been wronged by his persecutors, the Jacobins. His wife and collaborator, Sophie de Grouchy, sensing that this work would be of little value philosophically or personally, urged him to give it up, and instead to turn back to a work of encyclopedic nature that he had begun several decades ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Marx and the Kabbalah: Aaron Shemuel Lieberman’s Materialist
           Interpretation of Jewish History
    • Abstract: Karl Marx is known as one of the great critics of religion in Western intellectual history. Other than his mentors Ludwig Feuerbach and Bruno Bauer, few are more closely associated with debunking heavenly truths. Born in 1818 to a Jewish mother, Karl Marx became a Lutheran by age six. He rarely engaged the subject of his ancestral Judaism, but, when he did, he was extremely critical. In “On the Jewish Question” (1844), he wrote about the secular practices of the Jew in the marketplace. He presented Pharisaic Judaism as a stealth carrier of capitalism and social antagonism. It thus demands explanation why, even within Marx’s lifetime, Jewish revolutionaries were referring to him as a second Moses and comparing his ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • John Robert Seeley, Natural Religion, and the Victorian Conflict between
           Science and Religion
    • Abstract: When the historian John Robert Seeley was knighted in 1894, less than a year before his death at the age of sixty, he was finally recognized for his lifelong work as a leading English historian who had helped establish history as a growing professional discipline of knowledge in England. In particular, he received long-overdue recognition for The Expansion of England, his slender but “epoch making” 1883 book that put into practice much of what Seeley had advocated for the discipline of history, namely that it pursue an explicitly political subject matter and be written with presentist designs.1 Moreover, it situated the contemporary British Empire within a larger historical trajectory that famously debunked the ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Notices
    • Abstract: Morris D. Forkosch PrizeThe Journal of the History of Ideas is pleased to announce the winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize ($2,000) for the best first book in intellectual history published in 2016: Surekha Davies, for her Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters, published by Cambridge University Press.Eligible submissions are limited to the first book published by a single author, and to books published in English. The subject matter of submissions must pertain to one or more of the disciplines associated with intellectual history and the history of ideas broadly conceived: viz., history (including the histories of the various arts and sciences); philosophy ... Read More
      Keywords: Bayle, Pierre,; Historiography; Enlightenment; Volney, C.-F.; France; Feminist literary criticism; Criticism; Wollstonecraft, Mary,; Condorcet, Marie-Louise-Sophie de Grouchy,; Authorship; Marx, Karl,; Jews, Russian; Lieberman, Aaron S.,; Religion and science
      PubDate: 2018-05-17T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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