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History of Concepts: Comparative Perspectives [Paperback]

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Although vastly influential in German-speaking Europe, conceptual history (Begriffsgeschichte) has until now received little attention in English. This genre of intellectual history differs from both the French history of mentalits and the Anglophone history of discourses by positing the concept - the key occupier of significant syntactical space - as the object of historical investigation.

Contributions by distinguished practitioners and critics of conceptual history from Europe and America illustrate both the distinctiveness and diversity of the genre.

The first part of the book is devoted to the origins and identity of the field, as well as methodological issues. Part two presents exemplary studies focusing either on a particular concept (such as Maurizio Viroli's 'Reason of the State') or a particular approach to conceptual history (e.g. Bernard Scholz for literary criticism and Terence Ball for political science). The final, most innovative section of the book looks at concepts and art - high, bourgeois and demotic. Here Bram Kempers discusses the conceptual history of Raphael's frescos in the Stanza della Segnatura of the Vatican; Eddy de Jongh examines the linguistic character of much Dutch genre painting; and Rolf Reichardt considers the conceptual structure implicit in card games of the French Revolution, used to induct those on the margins of literacy into the new revolutionary world-view.

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Studio: Amsterdam University Press
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.29" Width: 6.69" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1998
Publisher   Amsterdam University Press
ISBN  9053563067  
ISBN13  9789053563069  

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More About Iain Hampsher-Monk

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Iain Hampsher-Monk is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, where he teaches a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and where he was also Head of Department. He served on two national Research Assessment Panels (2001 and 2008). In 1980 he founded, with his then colleague Janet Coleman, the journal History of Political Thought which he has edited ever since. He is author of A History of Modern Political Thought (1992) which won the 1992 PSA McKenzie Book Prize. He was on the steering group of the European Science Foundation project Republicanism: A Shared European Heritage, and contributed to all three of the titles emerging from it. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean and Dutch. He has written numerous articles on political theory including a number on aspects of the thought of Edmund Burke. Two of his edited collections relate specifically to Burke: an anthology of political writings, The Impact of the French Revolution (2005) in the Cambridge University Press series Readings in the History of Political Thought, and Edmund Burke (2009) for Ashgate's International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought.

Iain Hampsher-Monk was born in 1946 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Exeter.

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