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Descartes' posthumous return to Paris

I’m currently editing the Gospel of René Descartes, the third gospel to be produced in the Book of Science. The research is fascinating! Today I came across an excellent article on the sociocultural reception of Descartes and his New Philosophy in France after his death, using sociological, historical and philosophical methods. 36 more words


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Glories of the Ottoman (Turkish) Army

By Zuhdi Farhan

While I was in Turkey for my exchange program, in one of my history classes I came across the words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the leader of the Indepence War of Turkey and the First President of the Turkish Republic, as he said: 1,059 more words

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Take a class with me! "Contradictions of Thomas Jefferson" on Sunday, June 25!

I’m very pleased to finally be getting on with something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now: online classes! If you watch the video above, you’ll get a brief introduction to… 425 more words


IOTAR50: Intellectual History from the Undistinguished

We continue “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution at 50,” our joint roundtable with the S-USIH blog. Today’s post is by Jonathan Wilson, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Scranton and Marywood University. 1,146 more words

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IOTAR50: Considering Ideological Origins at 50

This week The Junto is co-sponsoring, “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution at  50,” a weeklong roundtable on Bernard Bailyn’s seminal work with the… 1,741 more words

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Considerations on ‘Considerations on Western Marxism’

As has no doubt been said many times before, Perry Anderson’s Considerations on Western Marxism (Verso, 1976) is the perfect resource for a bird’s-eye view of the whole European Marxist tradition, useful both for the newcomer and anyone needing to reassemble the a holistic perspective, perhaps after studying one or more of these figures in detail. 1,016 more words


A “Thorough Deist?” The Religious Life of Benjamin Franklin

By Thomas S. Kidd

Benjamin Franklin was arguably the greatest exemplar of America’s Enlightenment. The child of a modest Puritan family in Boston, Franklin had virtually no formal education yet became a pioneer in publishing, science, and diplomacy. 1,028 more words

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