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"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

A short note on E. H. Carr

History is a loop of consciousness, among many other loops; a dialogue among many other dialogues. It is not merely an unending dialogue between the past and the present, but between many contemporaneous subjectivities and perspectives and conceptual languages. 


Western Civilization (Introduction to Western Civilization 1.5)

Now that you have become acquainted with the way a historian thinks and does his job, it is time to get down to the work of learning history. 852 more words


Historian Zheng Dahua (郑大华) on how to further deepen research on modern Chinese intellectual history




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