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History of ideas books

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Rethinking the South Essays in Intellectual History by Michael O'Brien Rethinking the South Essays in Intellectual History

This collection of Michael O'Brien's essays on the American South examines the persistence and vitality of southern intellectual history from the early 19th century to the present day and positions the South within the wider traditions of European and American...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018

A Short History of Western Ideology A Critical Account by Rolf (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy) Petri A Short History of Western Ideology A Critical Account
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We are arguably living in a `postideological' era. However, when we tune into the TV news we can hear political leaders talk about `advanced' societies, geopolitical experts suggest `humanitarian' interventions, and sober events presenters qualify a murder as `barbaric'. What...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/02/2018

A Short History of Western Ideology A Critical Account by Rolf (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy) Petri A Short History of Western Ideology A Critical Account
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We are arguably living in a `postideological' era. However, when we tune into the TV news we can hear political leaders talk about `advanced' societies, geopolitical experts suggest `humanitarian' interventions, and sober events presenters qualify a murder as `barbaric'. What...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018

The Thought of Nirad C. Chaudhuri Islam, Empire and Loss by Ian Almond The Thought of Nirad C. Chaudhuri Islam, Empire and Loss

This innovative revisiting of South Asian intellectual history critically examines Nirad C. Chaudhuri, the writer and defender of empire.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/02/2018

Theoretical Schools and Circles in the Twentieth-Century Humanities Literary Theory, History, Philosophy by Marina (University of Tartu, Estonia) Grishakova Theoretical Schools and Circles in the Twentieth-Century Humanities Literary Theory, History, Philosophy
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Schools and circles have been a major force in twentieth-century intellectual movements. They fostered circulation of ideas within and between disciplines, thus altering the shape of intellectual inquiry. This volume offers a new perspective on theoretical schools in the humanities,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2018

Of Population An Enquiry Concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind, Being an Answer to Mr Malthus's Essay on that Subject by William Godwin Of Population An Enquiry Concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind, Being an Answer to Mr Malthus's Essay on that Subject

William Godwin's 1820 response to criticisms levelled against him by Malthus in his Essay on the Principle of Population (1798).
Format: Paperback - Released: 00/02/2018

An Essay on the Principle of Population, as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society With Remarks on the Speculations of Mr Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers by Thomas Robert Malthus An Essay on the Principle of Population, as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society With Remarks on the Speculations of Mr Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers

Published anonymously, this is the 1798 first edition of Malthus' provocative and controversial work of political and economic theory.
Format: Paperback - Released: 00/02/2018

American Philosophy before Pragmatism by Russell B. Goodman American Philosophy before Pragmatism

Russell Goodman tells the story of the development of philosophy in America from the mid-18th century to the late 19th century. The key figures, including Franklin, Jefferson, Emerson, and Thoreau, were not professors but men of the world, whose deep...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018

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Gender and Development Rethinking Modernization and Dependency Theory by Catherine V. Scott Gender and Development Rethinking Modernization and Dependency Theory

This provocative critique of both theory and practice goes beyond the women in development approach to explore fundamental reconceptualisations of tradition, modernity, masculinity, femininity, revolution, and development.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2018

Landscape, Nature and the Body Politic From Britain's Renaissance to America's New World by Kenneth Olwig, Yi-fu Tuan Landscape, Nature and the Body Politic From Britain's Renaissance to America's New World
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An exploration of the origins and lasting influence of two contesting but intertwined discourses that persist today when we use the words landscape , country , scenery , and, nature . The ideas of land and country are tracked through...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2018

The Evidential Foundations of Probalistic Reasoning by David A. Schum The Evidential Foundations of Probalistic Reasoning

In this work Schum develops a general theory of evidence as it is understood and applied across a broad range of disciplines and practical undertakings. He include insights from law, philosophy, logic, probability, semiotics, artificial intelligence, psychology and history.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2018

Reason and Its Others Italy, Spain, and the New World by David R. Castillo Reason and Its Others Italy, Spain, and the New World

By exploring manifestations of normative and non-normative thinking in the geopolitical and cultural contexts of Early Modern Italy, Spain, and the American colonies, this volume hopes to encourage interdisciplinary discussions on the early modern notions of reason and unreason, good...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2018

A History of Christian Education Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Perspectives by A History of Christian Education Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Perspectives

This text examines major developments in the history of Christian education, and offers a context for understanding contemporary educational efforts among Protetsants, Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians. It looks at major thinkers, historical events and intellectual movements.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2018

History of Political Ideas v. 5; Religion and the Rise of Modernity by Eric Voegelin, James L. (Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of San Francisco, USA) Wiser History of Political Ideas v. 5; Religion and the Rise of Modernity
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Examining the emergence of modernity within the philosophical and political debates of the 16th century, this book analyzes the great confusion . It features such thinkers as Calvin, Althusius, Hooker, Bracciolini, Savonarola, Copernicus, Tycho de Brahe, Giordano Bruno and Jean...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2018

German Question/Jewish Question Revolutionary Antisemitism in Germany from Kant to Wagner by Paul Lawrence Rose German Question/Jewish Question Revolutionary Antisemitism in Germany from Kant to Wagner

In this compelling narrative of antisemitism in German thought, Paul Rose proposes a fresh view of the topic. Beginning with an examination of the attitudes of Martin Luther, he challenges distinctions between theologically derived (medieval) and secular, racial (modern) antisemitism,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2018

The Apocalypse in Germany by Klaus Vondung The Apocalypse in Germany

The author draws from religious, philosophical and political texts, as well as works of art and literature to determine the structural characteristics of the typical images of the apocalyptic worldview. He clarifies the relationship between apocalyptic visions and utopian speculations.
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/03/2018

Nightmare Envy and Other Stories American Culture and European Reconstruction by George (Assistant Professor, Amsterdam University) Blaustein Nightmare Envy and Other Stories American Culture and European Reconstruction
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Nightmare Envy and Other Stories is a study of Americanist writing and institutions in the 20th century. It traces the histories of American Studies, anthropology, cultural diplomacy, and literary criticism through World War II and the American occupations of Europe.
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/03/2018

Nightmare Envy and Other Stories American Culture and European Reconstruction by George (Assistant Professor, Amsterdam University) Blaustein Nightmare Envy and Other Stories American Culture and European Reconstruction
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Nightmare Envy and Other Stories is a study of Americanist writing and institutions in the 20th century. It traces the histories of American Studies, anthropology, cultural diplomacy, and literary criticism through World War II and the American occupations of Europe....
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/03/2018

Scottish Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance The Continuum of Ideas by Bashabi Fraser Scottish Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance The Continuum of Ideas

This project seeksto re-examine the interchange of ideas initiated in the 18th century by the Scottish Enlightenment, and the ways in which these ideas were reformed and shaped to fit the changing social fabric of Scotland and India in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2018

Theories of History History Read across the Humanities by Michael J. (State University of New York at Binghamton, USA) Kelly Theories of History History Read across the Humanities
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In a unique approach to historical representations, the central question of this book is `what is history?' By describing `history' through its supplementary function to the field of history, rather than the ground of a study, this collection considers new...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/05/2018

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The World of Mr Casaubon Britain's Wars of Mythography, 1700-1870 by Colin (University of St Andrews, Scotland) Kidd The World of Mr Casaubon Britain's Wars of Mythography, 1700-1870
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This book explores the intellectual contexts for Mr Casaubon, a central character in George Eliot's classic and much-loved novel Middlemarch.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018

Authenticity: The Cultural History of a Political Concept by Maiken Umbach, Mathew Humphrey Authenticity: The Cultural History of a Political Concept
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Authenticity is everywhere: political leaders invoke the idea to gain our support, advertisers use it to sell their products. This cultural history of authenticity is of interest to academic and lay readers alike, who are interested in the significance and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/12/2017

From Revolution to Ethics, Second Edition May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought by Julian Bourg From Revolution to Ethics, Second Edition May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought

A bold history of French intellectual life and the legacies of 1960's radicalism.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2017

The Fascination with Unknown Time by Sibylle Baumbach The Fascination with Unknown Time

This volume explores 'unknown time' as a cultural phenomenon, approaching past futures, unknown presents, and future pasts through a broad range of different disciplines, media, and contexts.
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017

Reflecting Subjects Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy by Jacqueline (University of San Francisco) Taylor Reflecting Subjects Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy

Jacqueline Taylor presents an original reconstruction of Hume's social theory, which examines the passions and imagination in relation to institutions such as government and the economy. She goes on to examine Hume's system of ethics, and argues that the principle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory Religion and Morality in Enlightenment Germany and Scotland by Simon (Wellesley College, Massachusetts) Grote The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory Religion and Morality in Enlightenment Germany and Scotland
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This new study of eighteenth-century aesthetic theory situates it in theological contexts that are crucial to explaining why it arose.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2017

Modernism and the Social Sciences Anglo-American Exchanges, c.1918-1980 by Mark (University of California, Berkeley) Bevir Modernism and the Social Sciences Anglo-American Exchanges, c.1918-1980
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This study explores the rise and nature of modernist approaches to economics, sociology, international relations, administration, language, history and anthropology.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700 Essays on Radicalism, Utopianism and Reality by James Colin Davis Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700 Essays on Radicalism, Utopianism and Reality

This book address the relationship between utopian and radical thought, particularly in the early modern period, and puts forward alternatives approaches to imagined `realities'. and the circumstances in which radical and utopian fictions appear to become imperative.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2017

Metaphor and History The Western Idea of Social Development by Robert Nisbet Metaphor and History The Western Idea of Social Development

The primary purpose of Metaphor and History is to explain the sources and contexts of the Western idea of social development. Nisbet explores the concept of social change across the whole range of Western culture, from ancient Greece to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

The Anxiety of Autonomy and the Aesthetics of German Orientalism by Nicholas A. Germana The Anxiety of Autonomy and the Aesthetics of German Orientalism

A history of Kantian and post-Kantian thought and of a foundational stage of German orientalism.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Reason after Its Eclipse On Late Critical Theory by Martin Jay Reason after Its Eclipse On Late Critical Theory

Tackles a question as old as Plato and still pressing today: what is reason, and what roles does and should it have in human endeavour? Applying the tools of intellectual history, Martin Jay examines the overlapping, but not fully compatible,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2017

The Labor of the Mind Intellect and Gender in Enlightenment Cultures by Anthony J. La Vopa The Labor of the Mind Intellect and Gender in Enlightenment Cultures

The Labor of the Mind plumbs the Enlightenment's social and cultural logic of conceiving the mind as manly; considers the textual representations of the manly mind; and examines the ways in which it was subverted or at least subtly questioned.
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/07/2017

Reading and Writing Knowledge in Scientific Communities Digital Humanities and Knowledge Construction by Gerald Kembellec Reading and Writing Knowledge in Scientific Communities Digital Humanities and Knowledge Construction

Practices associated with the culture of scholarly reading have been developed over many centuries and annotations themselves have become the subject of study, either as additional elements in connection with the original texts or as documents in their own right.
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2017

Demopolis Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice by Josiah (Stanford University, California) Ober Demopolis Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice
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What did democracy mean before liberalism? What are the consequences for our lives today? These questions are examined by this book.
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2017

The Moral Person of the State Pufendorf, Sovereignty and Composite Polities by Ben (University of Nottingham) Holland The Moral Person of the State Pufendorf, Sovereignty and Composite Polities

A new history of the idea of the modern state and its 'personality', showing the centrality of Pufendorf to its development and propagation.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017

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