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Taking Up The #Historiannchallenge: Interviewing Myself

Here’s the Ann Little post that inspired what follows below.
Tim Lacy: The New York Times Book Review Interview

What books are currently on your night stand? 1,230 more words

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Thinking Through History has posted their response to the #Historiannchallenge. The post recommends a wide variety of books including Balzac's Cousin Bette, Ray Haberski's God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945, William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis, and Thomas Piketty's Capital.

The Closing of the Western Mind by Charles Freeman

The thesis of The Closing of the Western Mind is that prior to Christianity becoming dominant in the Western world, there was a reasonably well-developed system of empirical science, rational philosophy, and religious toleration and pluralism, and that Christianity developed in such a way as to actively suppress that, leading to the Dark Ages where intellectual inquiry and progress largely ceased. 1,625 more words


Why Turkish intellectuals couldn't leave their mark?

I was reading a E. M. Cioran’s interview… It is one of his rare interviews, Cioran doesn’t like much to give interview. He talks about his personal life, his severe insomnia, his relationship with women and other people. 1,254 more words

Abidin Dino

"When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him"*...

Genius follows its own law of gravity. It migrates in ever greater numbers to where it thrives. Hence places like Silicon Valley – and attempts to replicate it elsewhere, like London’s Silicon Roundabout.

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Acts of Unlearning

The pathways of thought we will sketch have need of poetry, which in its nakedness and directness invades analytical language and allows it to open up; Arendt rejects instruments of comprehension that have proved dull or irrelevant.

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20th Century

Top Ten 19th-Century American Intellectual History Booklist

Intellectual history is an intriguing field because it is by its very nature cross-disciplinary.  While these books my be in arguably different fields (History of Sex, History of Religion, Legal History, History of Technology, Political History, etc.) they are all, at their core, deeply concerned with the history of ideas.   309 more words


Adorno and Benjamin: Archetypes of 'the Critic'

The New Yorker has an interesting essay on the lasting influence of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin and on the ‘modest resurgence’ the Frankfurt School is enjoying in contemporary magazines such as… 65 more words

Weimar Republic