History of Concepts

Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Iain Hampsher-Monk, Karin Tilmans, and Frank van Vree

History of Concepts
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Edited by Iain Hampsher-Monk, Karin Tilmans, and Frank van Vree

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

336 pages | illustrated | © 1998
Paper $55.95 ISBN: 9789053563069 Published June 1998 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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 mentalités 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.
Iain Hampsher-Monk, Karin Tilmans and Frank van Vree
A Comparative Perspective on Conceptual History--An Introduction
Part I:  Theoretical and Comparative Frameworks
Chapter 1
Pim den Boer
The Historiography of German Begriffsgeschichte and the Dutch Project of Conceptual History
Chapter 2
Reinhart Koselleck
Social History and Begriffsgeschichte
Chapter 3
Iain Hampsher-Monk
Speech Acts, Languages or Conceptual History?
Chapter 4
Hans Erich Bödeker
Concept--Meaning--Discourse.  Begriffsgeschichte Reconsidered
Part II:  Themes and Variations
Chapter 5
Maurizio Viroli
The Origin and the Meaning of the Reason of State
Chapter 6
Terence Ball
Conceptual History and the History of Political Thought
Chapter 7
Bernhard F. Scholz
Conceptual History in Context:  Reconstructing the Terminology of an Academic Discipline
Chapter 8
Willem Frijhoff
Conceptual History, Social History and Cultural History: the Test of 'Cosmopolitism'
Chapter 9
Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink
Conceptual History and Conceptual Transfer:  the Case of 'Nation' in Revolutionary France and Germany
Part III:  Concept and Image
Chapter 10
Bram Kempers
Words, Images and All the Pope's Men.  Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura and the Synthesis of Divine Wisdom
Chapter 11
Eddy de Jongh
Painted Words in Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 12
Rolf Reichardt
Historical Semantics and Political Iconography: The Case of the Game of the French Revolution (1971/92)
Martin van Gelderen
Between Cambridge and Heidelberg.  Concepts, Languages and Images in Intellectual History
On the Contributors
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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