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History of Ideas, Intellectual History, Cultural and Social History


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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Jacoby, Susan.  Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism.  Holt, 2004.  448 pages.  ISBN: 978-0805077766.  VSCL. 

Journal of the History of Ideas

Kenny, Anthony.  A New History of Western Philosophy.  Oxford University Press, 2007, 2012.  Index, bibliography, 1058 pages.  ISBN: 978-0199656493.  VSCL. 

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.  Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to FreudNew York, Harper Perennial, 2005.  Index, notes, references, 822 pages.  ISBN: 978-0060935641.  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




Quotations, Sayings

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 historians 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. 


"The historian Arthur O. Lovejoy (1873–1962) coined the phrase history of ideas and initiated its systematic study[1] 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 René Wellek and Leo Spitzer, with whom Lovejoy engaged in extended debates), scholars such as Isaiah Berlin Michel Foucault, Christopher Hill, 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 book 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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