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An Introduction: Hague Conventions 1899 and 1907

The following passages is a transcription; of an introduction written in 1915 for an edited collection that placed the Hague Conventions and Declarations of 1899 and 1907 in context. 3,306 more words

David Hume, the Skeptical Stoic, by Massimo Pigliucci

I have always been a philosophical fan of David Hume. His clear writing, commonsense approach to things, rejection of abstruse philosophizing, embracing of science, and constructive skepticism have been the sort of traits I have aspired to, however imperfectly (no, I assure you this ain’t false modesty), throughout my career. 1,328 more words

History Of Ideas

Associate Professor in History of Ideas, Universitetet i Oslo

Associate Professor in History of Ideas

Universitetet i Oslo

Application deadline: 20th May 2016

A position as Associate Professor in History of Ideas/Intellectual History, specializing in Antiquity and/or the Middle Ages, is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas, University of Oslo. 835 more words


Book Review: Robert Burton and the Transformative Powers of Melancholy

Stephanie Shirilan’s first monograph, Robert Burton and the Transformative Powers of Melancholy (Ashgate, 2015) is a tremendous example of close-reading technique and elaboration, an excellent model for anyone interested in following a similar path with a text from almost any period. 289 more words


Of Nuance and Algorithms: What Conceptual History Can Learn from Topic Modeling

by contributing editor Daniel London

Intellectual historians may be familiar with two general approaches toward the study of conceptual meaning and transformation. The first, developed by J.G.A. 1,056 more words

Think Pieces

On the application of intellectual history

The past two years have seen me studying the history of political and economic ideas, and thus tackling a range of questions about learning, tradition, and history that I’d never felt compelling to investigate too closely before.  1,541 more words


Book Review: The Book of Magic

In The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Penguin, 2016), Brian Copenhaver, professor of philosophy and history at UCLA, has drawn together a wide variety of texts into a kind of buffet of writing on magic, defining ‘magic’ loosely. 498 more words