Essays In The History Of Ideas

Essays In The History Of Ideas None

  • Title: Essays In The History Of Ideas
  • Author: Arthur O. Lovejoy
  • ISBN: 9780313205040
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
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    Arthur O. Lovejoy

    Arthur Oncken Lovejoy was an influential American philosopher and intellectual historian, who founded the field known as the history of ideas.Lovejoy was born in Berlin, Germany while his father was doing medical research there Eighteen months later, his mother committed suicide, whereupon his father gave up medicine and became a clergyman Lovejoy studied philosophy, first at the University of California, then at Harvard under William James and Josiah Royce In 1901, he resigned from his first job, at Stanford University, to protest the dismissal of a colleague who had offended a trustee The President of Harvard then vetoed hiring Lovejoy on the grounds that he was a known troublemaker Over the subsequent decade, he taught at Washington University, Columbia University, and the University of Missouri He never married.As a professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University from 1910 to 1938, Lovejoy founded and long presided over that university s History of Ideas Club, where many prominent and budding intellectual and social historians, as well as literary critics, gathered In 1940, he founded the Journal of the History of Ideas Lovejoy insisted that the history of ideas should focus on unit ideas, single concepts often with a one word name , and study how unit ideas combine and recombine with each other over time.In the domain of epistemology, Lovejoy is remembered for an influential critique of the pragmatic movement, especially in the essay The Thirteen Pragmatisms, written in 1908.Lovejoy was active in the public arena He helped found the American Association of University Professors and the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union However, he qualified his belief in civil liberties to exclude overriding threats to a free system At the height of the McCarthy Era in the February 14, 1952 edition of the Journal of Philosophy Lovejoy stated that, since it was a matter of empirical fact that membership in the Communist Party contributed to the triumph of a world wide organization which was opposed to freedom of inquiry, of opinion and of teaching, membership in the party constituted grounds for dismissal from academic positions He also published numerous opinion pieces in the Balti press He died in Balti on December 30, 1962.

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    • Steve said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 04:33 AM

      Arthur Oncken Lovejoy (1873 – 1962)Though he certainly had some kinds of precursors, the American philosopher Arthur O. Lovejoy was the founder of the academic study of the history of ideas, and in Essays in the History of Ideas (1948) were collected many of the shorter texts in which his vision of the field was concretely, if partially, exemplified. In the first essay of the collection - "The Historiography of Ideas" - he explains the necessity and principles of such a study. It differs from [...]

    • Lauren Albert said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 04:33 AM

      As always with this sort of collection, some appeal more than others to each reader. Lovejoy's goal overall can be seen in this passage:"It is not any large complexes of ideasbut rather certain simpler, diversely combinable, intellectual and emotional components of such complexes, that are the true elemental dynamic factors in the history of thought and of art; it is with the genesis, the vicissitudes, the manifold and often dramatic interactions of these, that it is the task of the historian of [...]

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