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FTAC - MEC - "Don't Say You Didn't Ask" - Distillation

I haven’t been funded for focus, and that has led to a broad reading experience in this area but not mastery of any part. What I have been able to do is distill some themes and and reintroduce some basics and that has led to some terse formulations that others may use to springboard into new journeys and (a phrase I’ve been using lately) _come forward_ of familiar but perhaps stuck historical positions. 571 more words

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Book Review: An Intellectual History of Modern Europe by Roland N. Stromberg

Intellectual History of Modern Europe

Stromberg’s treatment of modern European intellectual history is one of the best books I have yet read on the subject. He is thorough while not overwhelming in his treatment of each of the philosophical movements he discusses. 242 more words


Historian Xu Jilin (許紀霖) on intellectuals in Modern China and their self-consciousness as scholar-officials





[摘要]: 传统中国的士大夫精英意识,在晚清”四民社会”解体之后,虽然一度被平等的国民意识所取代,但国民内部智性和能力的不平衡,使梁启超等人产生了”既有思想之中等社会”这一新的士大夫意识;而到五四启蒙运动,个人观念的崛起又进一步在意志和理性上强化了知识分子的精英意识,其合法性基础也从个人的德性转变为现代的知识。人民固然是国家的主人,但政治和舆论的操盘者,应该是具有现代知识和政治能力的知识分子。近代中国知识分子的士大夫意识,与另外一种相反的平民意识相互激荡,形成了近代中国思想界的两歧性分野,也构成了近代中国知识分子丰富复杂的内心世界。 

[关键词] :知识精英;士大夫意识;国民;专家政治 

For the original website see here.

Information provided by Peng Qinqin.

Academic Analysis

Political Dimensions of History


In George Orwell’s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four there occurs a well known passage that presents a frightening totalitarian vision of history:

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed — if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. 1,313 more words

Strictly Theoretical

Rights, “Unalienable” or “Inalienable”?: A Concluding Philological Postscript

Since my posting of Bentham’s critique of the “Declaration of Independence” last Thursday, traffic on this blog has increased dramatically. While I appreciate the attention, I suspect that it will be fleeting and that my readership will soon return to the small, but persistent, company of friends of the Enlightenment who have sustained it over the last year and a half. 1,020 more words

sandvick reblogged this on DailyHistory.org and commented:

The words we use matter. Persistent Enlightenment has a post on the shift from "unalienable" to "inalienable" rights. PE not only tracks the shift in usage through Google ngram, but attempts to understand why Americans have moved away from the expression "unalienable rights."

Periods and Plots: A Postscript to Bentham’s Critique of the Declaration of Independence

Shortly after uploading Jeremy Bentham’s critique of the Declaration of Independence, I got around to reading the discussion in the New York Times of Danielle Allen’s questioning of the period that appears immediately after the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the official transcript of the… 1,581 more words

sandvick reblogged this on DailyHistory.org and commented:

Persistent Enlightenment has a post that examines both Danielle Allen's claim that the Declaration of Independence has extra period the meaning of the document and combines that analysis with Jeremy Bentham's harsh critique of our founding document. The stray period described by Allen essentially narrows the list of "self-evident truths." Bentham goes even further as he stated that the "unalienable rights" discussion of the Declaration was "inherently incoherent." Oftentimes Americans think about the Declaration uncritically and we should avoid that trap.