Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History - Oxford ReferenceAt its core has been the close study of written expressions of thought, especially those crafted at a fairly sophisticated or reflective level. A constitutive part of such study is the attempt to recover the assumptions and contexts which contributed to the fullness of meaning that such writings possessed for their original publics. It may be that there is no longer any need to justify the term 'intellectual history' or the practice for which it stands. If this is so — experience can, alas, still occasionally cause one to wonder — then it is a relatively recent development, at least in Britain. Only three or four decades ago, the label routinely encountered more than its share of misunderstanding, some of it rather wilful, especially perhaps on the part of some political and social historians. There was, to begin with, the allegation that intellectual history was largely the history of things that never really mattered.
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Clearly he does not think that history in general should only be written about good intellectuals and their texts. Editor s : Maria Kardaun and Joke Spruyt. Finally, I should clarify my objection to the Arnoldia. By: Stephen Wilson.
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Publication Date: 28 Apr Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging. Publication Date: 24 Feb The De bibliothecis of Justus Lipsius. In addition to the writings of intellectual elites, they consider the notions sometimes unwritten of the less privileged and less educated.
Intellectual history refers to the history of ideas and thinkers. This history cannot be considered without the knowledge of the humans who created, discussed, wrote about, and in other ways were concerned with ideas. Intellectual history as practiced by historians is parallel to the history of philosophy as done by philosophers, and is more akin to the history of ideas. Its central premise is that ideas do not develop in isolation from the people who developed and use them, and that one must study ideas not only as abstract propositions but also in terms of the culture, lives, and historical contexts. Intellectual history aims to understand ideas from the past by putting them in context. The term "context" in the preceding sentence is ambiguous: it can be political, cultural, intellectual, and social.