Category Archives: Books

New Book: Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill

New Book: Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill Julie Davies Best known as the Saducismus triumphatus (1681), Joseph Glanvill’s book on witchcraft is among the most frequently published from the seventeenth century, and its arguments for the reality of diabolic witchcraft elicited passionate responses from critics and supporters […]

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New Book: Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences

New Book: Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences Editors: James A. T. Lancaster & Richard Raiswell The motto of the Royal Society—Nullius in verba—was intended to highlight the members’ rejection of received knowledge and the new place they afforded direct empirical evidence in their quest for genuine, useful knowledge about the world. But […]

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New Book: Victorian Jesus

Victorian Jesus: J.R. Seeley, Religion, and the Cultural Significance of Anonymity Ian Hesketh (UTP, 2017) Ecce Homo: A Survey in the Life and Work of Jesus Christ, published anonymously in 1865, alarmed some readers and delighted others by its presentation of a humanitarian view of Christ and early Christian history. Victorian Jesus explores the relationship […]

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New Book: The First of the Modern Ottomans

The First of the Modern Ottomans: The Intellectual History of Ahmed Vâsıf  By Ethan L. Menchinge (Cambridge University Press, 2017) The First of the Modern Ottomans blends biography with intellectual history. On the one hand, it is the story of an Ottoman life – the life of the scribe, ambassador, and prolific historian Ahmed Vâsıf […]

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New Book: Einstein and Twentieth-Century Politics

Einstein and Twentieth-Century Politics: ‘A Salutary Moral Influence’ By Richard Crockatt Einstein and Twentieth Century Politics (Oxford University Press) is the first comprehensive study of his politics, covering his opinions and campaigns on pacifism, Zionism, control of nuclear weapons, world government, freedom, and racial equality. Most studies look at Einstein in isolation but here he […]

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Casanova: Enlightenment philosopher

New Book: Casanova: Enlightenment philosopher Ed. by Ivo Cerman, Susan Reynolds and Diego Lucci The stereotype of Casanova as a promiscuous and unscrupulous lover has been so pervasive that generations of historians have failed to take serious account of his philosophical legacy. This has recently changed, however, as the publication of the definitive edition of […]

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Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human

New Book: Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters Surekha Davies Giants, cannibals and other monsters were a regular feature of Renaissance illustrated maps, inhabiting the Americas alongside other indigenous peoples. In a new approach to views of distant peoples, Surekha Davies analyzes this archive alongside prints, costume books […]

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Ancients and Moderns in Europe: Comparative Perspectives

New Book: Ancients and Moderns in Europe: Comparative Perspectives Edited by Paddy Bullard and Alexis Tadié The Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes, or Battle of the Books as it was known in England, famously pitted the Ancients on the one side and the Moderns on the other. This book presents a new intellectual history of […]

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New Book: David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism

New Book: David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism: Methodology and Ideology in Enlightenment Inquiry Tamás Demeter David Hume has a canonical place in the context of moral philosophy, but his insights are less frequently discussed in relation to natural philosophy. David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism offers a discussion of Hume’s methodological and ideological commitments […]

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New Book: Francis Bacon on Motion and Power

New Book: Francis Bacon on Motion and Power Edited by: Guido Giglioni, James A.T. Lancaster, Sorana Corneanu, and Dana Jalobeanu This book offers a comprehensive and unitary study of the philosophy of Francis Bacon, with special emphasis on the medical, ethical and political aspects of his thought. It presents an original interpretation focused on the […]

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  • 2019 ISIH Conference

    2019 ISIH Conference

    #ISIH2019 will take place 5-7 June 2019 at the University of Queensland.