Journal of the History of Ideas

Scholarly journal focusing on historical studies in humanities.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 2, April

Definition, Division, and Difference in Machiavelli's Political Philosophy
This article aims to illuminate a striking characteristic of what may be loosely termed, for the moment, Machiavelli's literary style. Machiavelli uses this construction as a way of formulating his thoughts and conducting his arguments. As Federico Chabod...
Eve and Evolution: Christian Responses to the First Woman Question, 1860-1900
INTRODUCTIONIn 1890, in the midst of a typically acerbic article criticizing a set of recently published theological essays, Thomas Henry Huxley argued that the story of Eve's creation from Adam's side was not one that Christians could simply relegate...
John Jamieson, Franz Passow, and the Double Invention of Lexicography on Historical Principles
The most comprehensive dictionary of English, namely the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), was from its beginnings planned and compiled on historical principles.2 In accordance with these, the heart of every entry in the dictionary consists of a block...
Leibniz, the Encyclopedia, and the Natural Order of Thinking
I. INTRODUCTIONGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was throughout his career committed to the defense of tradition.1 He asserted the value of history and ancients against the "dangerous innovators" and "libertines" of the new mechanical philosophy who used recent...
Searcher of Hearts: Cesare Baronio's History of Conversion
The decision of Henry of Navarre to return to the Catholic Church in 1593 threw the Roman curia into a state of confusion. Clement VIII and his advisors viewed the conversion of the heir to one of Europe's most powerful thrones (who had already converted...
The Divine as Inaccessible Object of Knowledge in Ancient Platonism: A Common Philosophical Pattern across Religious Traditions
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)I. INTRODUCTIONThe notion of the divine as an inaccessible object of human knowledge and reasoning is prominent in philosophers-theologians of the first four centuries CE who display a refined cognitive approach...
"Vertical Perspective Does Not Exist": The Scandal of Converging Verticals and the Final Crisis of Perspectiva Artificialis
In the core of any major city, buildings tower overhead so that when we look up we see their parallel sides appear to converge towards a vertical vanishing point. Images that record this experience, such as Georgia O'Keeffe's City Night, are now commonplace,...
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