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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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Book Announcement: Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science

Book Announcement: Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science Edited by Donald L. Opitz, Staffan Bergwik, Brigitte Van Tiggelen Announcing Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science, edited by Donald L. Opitz, Staffan Bergwik, Brigitte Van Tiggelen. The fourteen chapters of this volume directly challenge the strong historiographical opposition between science and domesticity by analysing the […]

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Book Announcement: A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins

A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins Edited by Julie Davies and Michael Pickering Announcing the second volume in the Melbourne Historical Journal Research Series: A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins. This collection of essays by students, past and present, from the University of Melbourne celebrates the life and scholarly work of Professor Charles Zika. It commemorates […]

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Book Announcement: From Aristotle’s teleology to Darwin’s genealogy

From Aristotle’s teleology to Darwin’s genealogy: the stamp of inutility Marco Solinas (Florence University) Announcing a new book by Marco Solinas that will be of interest to many ISIH members: From Aristotle’s teleology to Darwin’s genealogy: the stamp of inutility (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Starting with Aristotle and moving on to Darwin, Marco Solinas outlines the basic […]

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Book Announcement: From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth

From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth By Alex Gourevitch From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth by Alex Gourevitch (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brown University) reconstructs how a group of nineteenth-century labor reformers appropriated and radicalized the republican tradition. These ‘labor republicans’ derived their definition of freedom from a long tradition of political theory dating […]

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