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Lectures in Intellectual History

Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews

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Lectures in Intellectual History
Lectures in Intellectual History

Lectures in Intellectual History

Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews

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Recordings from the popular public lecture series featuring new work on all aspects of intellectual history. Hosted by the Institute of Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews.

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Iain McDaniel - Writing the Intellectual History of Caesarism in the era of the Franco-Prussian War

46 MIN2 d ago
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Iain McDaniel - Writing the Intellectual History of Caesarism in the era of the Franco-Prussian War

Nathan Alexander - The Meanings of "Racism": Towards a history of the concept

59 MIN1 w ago
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Nathan Alexander - The Meanings of "Racism": Towards a history of the concept

Robin Douglass - The Moral Psychology of the Social Contract

45 MIN3 w ago
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Robin Douglass - The Moral Psychology of the Social Contract

Alex Douglas - Spinoza and Religion

Dr Alex Douglas is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of St Andrews.

45 MINNOV 15
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Alex Douglas - Spinoza and Religion

Paul Wood - The Rise and Fall of the Common Sense 'School' of Philosophy

The emergence of a Scottish 'school' of common sense philosophy has not yet been given the historical attention it deserves, despite the fact that the rise of common sense philosophy was one of the most important intellectual developments in the Atlantic world during the second half of the 18th century. In this lecture, Professor Paul Wood examines the responses of common sense philosophers such as James Beattie, James Oswald and Thomas Reid to David Hume's perceived scepticism and irreligion as well as Hume's subsequent reply to his critics. The lecture concludes with an account of the precipitous decline of the Scottish 'School' of common sense.

55 MINNOV 7
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Paul Wood - The Rise and Fall of the Common Sense 'School' of Philosophy

Blair Worden - Ben Jonson and Liberty

Professor Blair Worden is an expert on early modern European history and the English Civil War period in particular. He has written numerous books, the principal of which are The Rump Parliament, 1648-1653 (1974), The Sound of Virtue: Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia' and Elizabethan Politics (1996), Roundhead Reputations: The English Civil Wars and the Passions of Posterity (2001), Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham (2007), The English Civil Wars 1640-1660 (2009) and God's Instruments: Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell (2012). In this lecture, Blair Worden explores Ben Jonson's conception of liberty in relation to the writing of history.

56 MINNOV 7
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Blair Worden - Ben Jonson and Liberty

Riccardo Bavaj - The Spatiality of Ideas: Ernst Fraenkel, Richard Löwenthal, and the "Westernisation" of Political Thought

56 MINNOV 1
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Riccardo Bavaj - The Spatiality of Ideas: Ernst Fraenkel, Richard Löwenthal, and the "Westernisation" of Political Thought

Nicholas Mithen - Codifying Good Taste: Historical Scholarship and Epistemic Virtue in Early 18th Century Italy

40 MINNOV 1
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Nicholas Mithen - Codifying Good Taste: Historical Scholarship and Epistemic Virtue in Early 18th Century Italy

Teresa Bejan - Equality and hierarchy in the thought of Mary Astell

Ever since Mary Astell was introduced as the "First English Feminist" in 1986, scholars have been perplexed by her dual commitments to natural equality and social, political, and ecclesiastical hierarchy. But any supposed "paradox" in her though is the product of a modernist conceit that treats equality and hierarchy as antonyms, assuming the former must be prior, normative, and hostile to the latter. Seeing this, two other crucial features of Astell's thought emerge: her ethics of ascent and the psychology of superiority. These, in turn, illuminate her lifelong fascination with ambition as a feminine virtue, as well as her curious embrace of Machiavelli. Astell's politics and ethics are thus doubly worthy of recovery, both as the product of a singularly brilliant early modern mind and as a fascinating but forgotten vision of "equality before egalitarianism" that sheds light on the persistent complexities of equality and hierarchy to this day.

46 MINOCT 31
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Teresa Bejan - Equality and hierarchy in the thought of Mary Astell

Susan James - Putting One's knowledge to work: Spinoza on 'fortitudo'

Recorded on February 13th 2018 at the University of St Andrews.

52 MINOCT 31
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Susan James - Putting One's knowledge to work: Spinoza on 'fortitudo'

Latest Episodes

Iain McDaniel - Writing the Intellectual History of Caesarism in the era of the Franco-Prussian War

46 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Iain McDaniel - Writing the Intellectual History of Caesarism in the era of the Franco-Prussian War

Nathan Alexander - The Meanings of "Racism": Towards a history of the concept

59 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Nathan Alexander - The Meanings of "Racism": Towards a history of the concept

Robin Douglass - The Moral Psychology of the Social Contract

45 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Robin Douglass - The Moral Psychology of the Social Contract

Alex Douglas - Spinoza and Religion

Dr Alex Douglas is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of St Andrews.

45 MINNOV 15
Comments
Alex Douglas - Spinoza and Religion

Paul Wood - The Rise and Fall of the Common Sense 'School' of Philosophy

The emergence of a Scottish 'school' of common sense philosophy has not yet been given the historical attention it deserves, despite the fact that the rise of common sense philosophy was one of the most important intellectual developments in the Atlantic world during the second half of the 18th century. In this lecture, Professor Paul Wood examines the responses of common sense philosophers such as James Beattie, James Oswald and Thomas Reid to David Hume's perceived scepticism and irreligion as well as Hume's subsequent reply to his critics. The lecture concludes with an account of the precipitous decline of the Scottish 'School' of common sense.

55 MINNOV 7
Comments
Paul Wood - The Rise and Fall of the Common Sense 'School' of Philosophy

Blair Worden - Ben Jonson and Liberty

Professor Blair Worden is an expert on early modern European history and the English Civil War period in particular. He has written numerous books, the principal of which are The Rump Parliament, 1648-1653 (1974), The Sound of Virtue: Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia' and Elizabethan Politics (1996), Roundhead Reputations: The English Civil Wars and the Passions of Posterity (2001), Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham (2007), The English Civil Wars 1640-1660 (2009) and God's Instruments: Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell (2012). In this lecture, Blair Worden explores Ben Jonson's conception of liberty in relation to the writing of history.

56 MINNOV 7
Comments
Blair Worden - Ben Jonson and Liberty

Riccardo Bavaj - The Spatiality of Ideas: Ernst Fraenkel, Richard Löwenthal, and the "Westernisation" of Political Thought

56 MINNOV 1
Comments
Riccardo Bavaj - The Spatiality of Ideas: Ernst Fraenkel, Richard Löwenthal, and the "Westernisation" of Political Thought

Nicholas Mithen - Codifying Good Taste: Historical Scholarship and Epistemic Virtue in Early 18th Century Italy

40 MINNOV 1
Comments
Nicholas Mithen - Codifying Good Taste: Historical Scholarship and Epistemic Virtue in Early 18th Century Italy

Teresa Bejan - Equality and hierarchy in the thought of Mary Astell

Ever since Mary Astell was introduced as the "First English Feminist" in 1986, scholars have been perplexed by her dual commitments to natural equality and social, political, and ecclesiastical hierarchy. But any supposed "paradox" in her though is the product of a modernist conceit that treats equality and hierarchy as antonyms, assuming the former must be prior, normative, and hostile to the latter. Seeing this, two other crucial features of Astell's thought emerge: her ethics of ascent and the psychology of superiority. These, in turn, illuminate her lifelong fascination with ambition as a feminine virtue, as well as her curious embrace of Machiavelli. Astell's politics and ethics are thus doubly worthy of recovery, both as the product of a singularly brilliant early modern mind and as a fascinating but forgotten vision of "equality before egalitarianism" that sheds light on the persistent complexities of equality and hierarchy to this day.

46 MINOCT 31
Comments
Teresa Bejan - Equality and hierarchy in the thought of Mary Astell

Susan James - Putting One's knowledge to work: Spinoza on 'fortitudo'

Recorded on February 13th 2018 at the University of St Andrews.

52 MINOCT 31
Comments
Susan James - Putting One's knowledge to work: Spinoza on 'fortitudo'
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