JHI 79:1 Available

The latest issue of the Journal of the History of Ideas, volume 9 number 1, is now available in print, and online at Project Muse. The table of contents is as follows:


Tricia M. Ross, “Anthropologia: An (Almost) Forgotten Early Modern History,” 1–22

Albert Gootjes, “The First Orchestrated Attack on Spinoza: Johannes Melchioris and the Cartesian Network in Utrecht,” 23–43

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins and Kevin Brookes, “The Many Liberalisms of Serge Audier,” 45–63

Elías Palti, “Revising History: Introduction to the Symposium on the Bicentennial of the Latin American Revolutions of Independence,” 65–71

Jeremy Adelman, “Empires, Nations, and Revolutions,” 73–88

Francisco A. Ortega, “The Conceptual History of Independence and the Colonial Question in Spanish America,” 89–103

Gabriel Entin, “Catholic Republicanism: The Creation of the Spanish American Republics during Revolution,” 105–23

Elías Palti, “Beyond the ‘History of Ideas’: The Issue of the ‘Ideological Origins of the Revolutions of Independence’ Revisited,” 125–41

Federica Morelli, “Race, Wars, and Citizenship: Free People of Color in the Spanish American Independence,” 143–56

João Paulo Pimenta, “History of Concepts and the Historiography of the Independence of Brazil: A Preliminary Diagnosis,” 157–68

Journal authors are always encouraged to submit a blog post about their article—or anything else—to JHIBlog. And if you’re a reader of JHIBlog, why not consider subscribing to the Journal? Subscription information is available at the Penn Press website, including information about special rates for students.


2016 Lovejoy Lecture: Joyce E. Chaplin, “Can the Nonhuman Speak?”

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 Can the Nonhuman Speak?
Breaking the Chain of Being in the Anthropocene
a lecture by Joyce E. Chaplin

A syllogism: 1. The environmental crises that go under the name of the Anthropocene represent the most important problems of our generation. 2. As characteristically careful analysts of the human condition, historians of ideas are excellently qualified to address those problems. 3. Therefore historians of ideas should take up the task, however much contemplation of the Anthropocene might challenge assumptions that humans have a distinctive status as idea-generating beings.

Joyce E. Chaplin (BA, Northwestern; MA, PhD, Johns Hopkins) is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s American Studies program. A specialist in environmental history and the history of science, she is the author of An Anxious Pursuit: Agricultural Innovation and Modernity in the Lower South, 1730–1815 (1993), Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676 (2001), The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius (2006), Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit (2012), and (with Alison Bashford) The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Rereading the Principle of Population (2016). She is also the editor of Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography: A Norton Critical Edition (2012) and (with Darrin McMahon) of Genealogies of Genius (2015).

Friday, May 6, 2016    5 pm
Fisher-Bennett Hall 401, University of Pennsylvania
Reception to follow


JHI 76:1 Now Available Online

We’re pleased to note that the January 2015 issue of the Journal of the History of Ideas (volume 76 issue 1) is now available at Project Muse, with the print edition sent out to subscribers shortly. As you’ll see from the table of contents, the articles in this issue all share connections to the history of science and philosophy, from early modern Aristotelianism to twentieth-century American anthropology:

Marco Sgarbi, Benedetto Varchi on the Soul: Vernacular Aristotelianism between Reason and Faith, pp. 1-23

Lucian Petrescu, Cartesian Meteors and Scholastic Meteors: Descartes against the School in 1637, pp. 25-45

Katherine Butler, Myth, Science, and the Power of Music in the Early Decades of the Royal Society, pp. 47-68

Francesco Bellucci, Logic, Psychology, and Apperception: Charles S. Peirce and Johann F. Herbart, pp. 69-91

Stephanie L. Schatz, Lewis Carroll’s Dream-child and Victorian Child Psychopathology, pp. 93-114

David Greenham, “Altars to the Beautiful Necessity”: The Significance of F. W. J. Schelling’s “Philosophical Inquiries in the Nature of Human Freedom” in the Development of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Concept of Fate, pp. 115-137

Gabriel Alejandro Torres Colón and Charles A. Hobbs, The Intertwining of Culture and Nature: Franz Boas, John Dewey, and Deweyan Strands of American Anthropology, pp. 139-162

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