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History of Ideas, Intellectual History,
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A good example, in my opinion, of a work of intellectual history or the "history of ideas" is the fine book by Peter Watson, The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century, (Harper 2002).
Barzun, Jacques. From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present. New York, Harper Perennial, 2000. Index, 877 pages. ISBN: 978-0060928834. VSCL.
Blackburn, Simon. The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition Revised, 1994, 2008. Chronology, 407 pages. ISBN: 9780199541430. VSCL.
Bronowski, Jacob. Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel. New York, Harper Perennial, 1962. 534 pages. ISBN: 978-0061330018.
The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. General Editor, Robert Audi. Cambridge University Press, 2nd Edition, 1999. 1001 pages. ISBN: 9780521637220. VSCL.
Christian, James L. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering. San Francisco, Rinehart Press, c 1973. Index, notes, glossary, 524 pages. ISBN: 0030802598. VSCL.
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Copleston, Frederick S. J. A History of Philosophy, Volume VII, Modern Philosophy: From the Post-Kantian Idealists to Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. New York, Doubleday, 1965, 1994. Index, bibliography, 496 pages. ISBN: 9780365470445. VSCL.
Copleston, Frederick S. J. A History of Philosophy, Volume VIII, Modern Philosophy: Empiricism, Idealism, and Pragmatism in Britain and America. New York, Doubleday, 1967, 1994. Index, bibliography, 577 pages. ISBN: 9780365470452. VSCL.
Dictionary of Philosophy: Ancient, Medieval, Modern. Edited by Dagobert D. Runes. 15th Edition, Revised. Totowa, New Jersey, Littlefied, Adams and Co., 1956, 1962. 343 pages. VSCL.
Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Compiled by Philip P. Wiener. 5 Volumes, 1980. Macmillan Pub. Co., 1980. Index, 3066 pages. ISBN: 978-0684164182. There is a new 2004 edition of this dictionary, compiled/edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz. VSCL (I purchased a used copy of these 5 volumes for $15.00). Volume I: A - Design Argument; Volume II: Despotism - Law, Common;
Volume III: Law, Concept of - Protest Movements; Volume IV: Psychological Ideas in Antiquity - Zeitgeist.
Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Compiled by Philip P. Wiener. 4 Volumes, 1974. Online Version.
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Paul Edwards, Editor in Chief. New York Macmillan Pub., 1967. Reprint of 1972. Four Volumes. Volumes 1 & 2, Abbagnano to Entropy. Volumes 3 & 4, Epictetus to Logic. Volumes 5 & 6, Logic to Psychologism. Volumes 7 & 8, Psychology to Zubiri. Each volume is about 1,150 pages. VSCL.
The Essays by Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) Translated by Donald M. Frame. New York, Everyman's Library, 2003. I own the complete works by Montaigne in a Kindle digital version for easier reading. 1392 pages. ISBN: 1400040213. VSCL.
Free Thinkers, Secular Humanists, Atheists
Hartshorne, Charles. Insights and Oversights of Great Thinkers: An Evaluation of Western Philosophy. Albany, New York, State University of New York Press, 1983. Index, 393 pages. ISBN: 0873956826. VSCL.
History of Gardening and Agriculture Compiled by Mike Garofalo.
History of Ideas, Blog Posts, Cloud Hands Blog
History of Ideas - Wikipedia
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer By Sarah Bakewell. New York, Other Press, 2010. Index, bibliography, notes, 399 pages. ISBN: 9781590514832. VSCL.
Hofstadter, Richard. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Vintage, 1955. 432 pages. ISBN: 978-0394703176.
Intellectual History - Wikipedia
Journal of the History of Ideas
Lacey, A.R. A Dictionary of Philosophy. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976. 239 pages. ISBN: 068414932X. VSCL.
The Larousse Encyclopedia of Music. Edited by Geoffrey Hindley. New York, Crescent Books, 1990. ISBN: 0517624044. Index, glossary, 575 pages. Extensive black and white illustrations. TCPL.
Lovejoy, Arthur. The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea. Harvard University Press, 1936. 382 pages. ISBN: 978-0674361539.
Lovejoy, Arthur Oncken (1873–1962) Historian, Activist, Philosopher
Mechikoff, Robert. A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education: From Ancient Civilizations to the Modern World.
Boston, McGraw Hill Educatin, Fifth Edition, 2010. Index, 459 pages. ISBN: 9780073376493. VSCL.
Menand, Louis. The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. 568 pages. ISBN: 978-0374528492. VSCL.
Passmore, John. A Hundred Years of Philosophy. Middlesex, England, Penguin Books, 1957, 1978. Index, notes, 640 pages. VSCL.
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Roszak, Theodore (1933-2011) The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1969, 1995. 310 pages. ISBN: 978-0520201224310. I read this book in 1970.
Russell, Bertrand. The History of Western Philosophy. New York, Simon and Schuster, Clarion Books, 1945, 1967. Index, 895 pages. VSCL.
Sagan, Carl (1934-1996). Cosmos. Introduction by Ann Druyan, and Foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Reprinted by Ballantine Books in 2013. Originally published by Random House in 1980. Index, recommended reading, notes, 432 pages. ISBN: 9780345539435. VSCL. The most popular science book of the last 50 years. The TV series, Cosmos (1980), has been viewed by over 500 million people.
Siedentop, Larry. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism. New York, Penguin Books, 2014. Index, bibliography, notes, 434 pages. ISBN: 978-0141009544, VSCL.
Society of United States Intellectual History
TCPL = Tehama County Public Library in Red Bluff, California. My local public library.
Van Doren, Charles. A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future. Ballantine Books, 1992. 448 pages. ISBN: 978-0345373168.
Watson, Peter. The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God. By Peter Watson. Simon and Schuster, 2014. 640 pages. ISBN: 978-1476754314. VSCL.
Watson, Peter. The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century. New York, Harper Perennial, 2000, 2002. Index, notes and references, 847 pages. ISBN: 978-0060084387. VSCL.
VSCL = Valley Spirit Center Library, Red Bluff, California
History of Philosophy, Intellectual History, History of Science and Technology
"Intellectual history refers to the
historiography of major ideas and thinkers. This history cannot be
considered without the knowledge of the men and women who created, discussed,
wrote about, and in other ways were concerned with ideas. Intellectual history
as practiced by
is parallel to the
history of philosophy as done by philosophers, and is more akin to the
history of ideas. Its central premise is that ideas do not develop in
isolation from the people who create and use them, and that one must study ideas
not as abstract propositions but in terms of the culture, lives, and historical
contexts that produced them. Intellectual history aims to understand ideas from
the past by understanding them in context. The term "context" in the preceding
sentence is ambiguous: it can be political, cultural, intellectual, and social.
One can read a text both in terms of a chronological context (for example, as a
contribution to a discipline or tradition as it extended over time) or in terms
of a contemporary intellectual moment (for example, as participating in a debate
particular to a certain time and place). Both of these acts of contextualization
are typical of what intellectual historians do, nor are they exclusive.
Generally speaking, intellectual historians seek to place concepts and texts
from the past in multiple contexts."
- Intellectual History - Wikipedia Includes a useful list of prominent historians working in the area of intellectual history.
Arthur O. Lovejoy (1873–1962) coined the phrase history of ideas and
initiated its systematic study
in the early decades of the 20th century.
Johns Hopkins University was a "fertile cradle" to Lovejoy's history of
ideas; he worked there as a professor of history, from 1910 to 1939, and for
decades he presided over the regular meetings of the History of Ideas Club.
Another outgrowth of his work is the
Journal of the History of Ideas. Aside from his students and
colleagues engaged in related projects (such as
Spitzer, with whom Lovejoy engaged in extended debates), scholars such as
J. G. A. Pocock, and others have continued to work in a spirit close to that
with which Lovejoy pursued the history of ideas. The first chapter of Lovejoy's
The Great Chain of Being lays out a general overview of what he intended
to be the programme and scope of the study of the history of ideas."
- History of Ideas - Wikipedia
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