Here are a few interesting articles and pieces we found around the web this week. If you come across something that other intellectual historians might enjoy, please let us know in the comments section!
In the UK, David Runciman, Notes on the Election (LRB)
William Grimes, Peter Gay, Historian Who Explored Social History of Ideas, Dies at 91 (NY Times)
Some takes on the Mark Bauerlein op-ed that show it in part to be an intellectual-historical question:
L.D. Burnett, Selling (Out) the Good Old Days (S-USIH Blog)
Historiann, Maybe not the ‘dumbest generation’? (Historiann)
Marilyn Powell, Peace in Their Time, a radio program about women peace activists’ efforts to end World War I in 1915 (CBC Ideas, 54min audio)
Timothy Beal, Fundamentally Atheist, on a New Atheist’s ignorance about the history of Biblical scholarship (Chronicle)
The coming of warmer weather is always much better when you observe it in Old English: Summer, sun-brightest: An Anglo-Saxon Summer (Clerk of Oxford)
Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, »Rechtsstaat oder Unrechtsstaat?« (FAZ)
Rebecca Bowler, “Dorothy M Richardson deserves the recognition she is finally receiving” (The Guardian)
Fabien Delmotte, « Miguel Abensour : repenser l’utopie » (La vie des idées)
Mike Jay, “The Wrong Head” (LRB)
Tobias Lehmkull, »Die Mutter und das Riesenschild« (SZ)
Daniel Mendelsohn, “The Robots are Winning!” (NYRB)
Martin Meyer, »Der skeptische Optimist: Erinnerungen an den Philosophen Odo Marquard« (NZZ)
Andrew O’Hagan, “Bad Character” (LRB)
Corey Robin, “The Trials of Hannah Arendt” (The Nation)
Dominique Trimbur, « Juifs en Allemagne : une anomalie ? » (La vie des idées)
And finally, Nikolaus Wegmann on the future of philology (at Googlebooks)
For medievalists lucky enough to be at the 50th Kalamazoo congress on medieval studies this weekend, J. J. Cohen made a list of suggested sessions at the In the Middle blog. If you’d be interested in writing about how intellectual history or the history of scholarship are covered at the conference for the JHI Blog, get in touch! (Editors’ email is in the “About” section.)
Daniel Wickberg reviewed Mark Greif’s new book, The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933 – 1973, for the USIH Blog.
Donna Zuckerberg, on the new classics blog “Eidolon,” about what it means to study Greek drama as a woman and/or feminist: “Not All Tragedians: Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae and convoluted gender politics of studying Greek drama”
Peter Stothard, “Cities on the Bay,” a TLS review of a newly published edited volume about the history of Naples, Remembering Parthenope: The classical reception of Classical Naples from antiquity to the present.