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   ISSN (Print) 0022-5037 - ISSN (Online) 1086-3222
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  • "Scholasticism Is a Daughter of Judaism": The Discovery of Jewish
           Influence on Medieval Christian Thought
    • Abstract: Only a few scholars have pointed to the interest that nineteenth-century Jewish thought took in the influence of medieval Jewish philosophy on Christian philosophical scholasticism.1 The pioneer in this fertile field of research was Manuel Joel (1826–90), the very scholar who in the 1850s established philosophy as an independent discipline of the Wissenschaft des Judentums— a movement founded in the 1820s in Germany that approached Judaism with academic tools and the scientific methodology of philology, historiography, and philosophy. In 1857 Joel published a detailed essay on the influence of Salomon Ibn Gabirol (1022–57) on Christian philosophy, followed by several smaller articles on the same subject. In 1859 he ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Francis Bacon's Valerius Terminus and the Voyage to the "Great
           Instauration"
    • Abstract: One of the most remarkable and far-reaching developments in post-medieval European intellectual history is the discovery of the future. The Renaissance had discovered the past. But the light that the quattrocento cast backwards took longer to be thrown forwards. The first works of fiction to be set in the future are an eighteenth-century phenomenon.1 By the twentieth century the shadow of the future had become an inescapable property of the human condition.Notoriously, Francis Bacon (1561–1626) is one of the earliest heralds of this development. His "unique position" in an "idea of progress," his particular grasp of the Gesinnung der Wissenschaft (scientific mindset) that would follow him, has become a commonplace ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Picture Multiple: Figuring, Thinking, and Knowing in Descartes's
           Essais (1637)
    • Abstract: Why did early modern natural philosophers begin to picture a geometrically analyzed world' The problem finds unique and early expression in two of René Descartes's Essais—Dioptrique and Météores—published as compendia to the Discours de la méthode in 1637. With these texts, Descartes rejected the strictures of conventional Aristotelianism taught in schools; re-oriented how one might obtain knowledge; and, by extension, sought new ways of describing his approach. The bulk of the historiography about the Essais remembers the philosopher trading Latinate erudition for the French vernacular; the confident subjectivity that propelled his "je pense donc je suis"; the swagger with which he washed his hands of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Deformities of Nature: Sleepwalking and Non-Conscious States of Mind in
           Late Eighteenth-Century Britain
    • Abstract: A young man of a cholerick constitution lying asleep upon his bed, rose up thence on the sudden, took a sword, opened the doors, and muttering much to himself went into the street, where he quarrelled alone, and fancying that he was in fight with his enemies, he made divers passes, till at length he fell down, and through an unhappy slip of his sword, he gave himself a dangerous wound upon the breast. Hereupon being awaked and affrighted, and dreading lest such his night-walkings might at some time or other create him as great dangers, he sent for me to be his physician, and was accordingly cured.1This account, extracted from a medical treatise of Lisbon-born physician Abraham Zacuto Lusitano, was presented to an ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Greatest Metaphor Ever Mixed: Gold in the British Bible,
           1750–1850
    • Abstract: During most of the century between 1750 and 1850, Great Britain was the only major country in the world to adopt gold as the sole basis of its currency, in the process absorbing much of the world's supply of that metal into its cupboards and coffers. During the same period, as Linda Colley and others have argued, Britons "forged a nation" through an assertive embrace of Protestantism, commercial ascendance, and imperial dominion, a loosely knit ideology that sustained them through a succession of military victories over France.1 Gold occupied a central position in all these components of national identity, in Protestantism as much as in political economy. In their severest sufferings Britons found solace by ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Metaphysics of Morris R. Cohen: From Realism to Objective Relativism
    • Abstract: A tragic aura attaches to the figure of Morris Raphael Cohen. He seems a thinker without a legacy. An American philosopher between the World Wars well known for his philosophies of history and law, Cohen aspired to metaphysical system-building in the grand style, rooted in his study of logic and scientific method. But the rise of logical positivism brushed aside his philosophy. Eventually even his students failed to acknowledge their intellectual debt. Nevertheless, I will argue that Cohen charted certain consequences of early twentieth-century American realism more fully than anyone else, that in his work we find the roots of "objective relativism," a view the Columbia naturalists adopted, and that he is the ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Philosophical Genealogy of Taylor's Social Imaginaries: A Complex
           History of Ideas and Predecessors
    • Abstract: The notion of social imaginaries is one of the central concepts in Charles Taylor's magnum opus A Secular Age. He defines them as "incorporating a sense of the normal expectations that we have of each other; the kind of common understanding which enables us to carry out the collective practices which make up our social life. This incorporates some sense of how we all fit together in carrying out the common practice."1 Furthermore, he explicitly distinguishes social imaginaries from social theories. Unlike theories, imaginaries are shared by large groups of people and are articulated in images, stories, and legends, not expressed in theoretical terms.2The notion of social imaginaries comes up rather late in Taylor's ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Notices
    • Abstract: The 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 2015: Mark Greif, for his The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973, published by Princeton 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 (including the philosophy of science, aesthetics ... Read More
      Keywords: Science; Curiosities and wonders; Sleepwalking; Protestantism; Gold; History; Philosophers; Cohen, Morris Raphael,; Law
      PubDate: 2017-08-02T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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