Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226601205 Published March 2019
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226601175 Published March 2019
E-book $10.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226601342 Published March 2019 Also Available From
E-book Retailers: B&N Nook Google Play Kobo Library Vendors: EBSCO

Thinking in the Past Tense

Eight Conversations

Alexander Bevilacqua and Frederic Clark

Thinking in the Past Tense

Alexander Bevilacqua and Frederic Clark

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226601205 Published March 2019
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226601175 Published March 2019
E-book $10.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226601342 Published March 2019

If the vibrancy on display in Thinking in the Past Tense is any indication, the study of intellectual history is enjoying an unusually fertile period in both Europe and North America. This collection of conversations with leading scholars brims with insights from such diverse fields as the history of science, the reception of classical antiquity, book history, global philology, and the study of material culture. The eight practitioners interviewed here specialize in the study of the early modern period (c. 1400–1800), for the last forty years a crucial laboratory for testing new methods in intellectual history. The lively conversations don’t simply reveal these scholars’ depth and breadth of thought; they also disclose the kind of trade secrets that historians rarely elucidate in print. Thinking in the Past Tense offers students and professionals alike a rare tactile understanding of the practice of intellectual history. Here is a collectively drawn portrait of the historian’s craft today.

Contents

Introduction

Ann M. Blair

Lorraine Daston

Benjamin Elman

Anthony Grafton

Jill Kraye

Peter N. Miller

Jean-Louis Quantin

Quentin Skinner

Acknowledgments

Index

Review Quotes
Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University
“In an age dominated by the sound bite and the tweet, it can be hard to resist the melancholy conclusion that the humanities are in crisis and that scholarship no longer beckons as a spiritual vocation. Thinking in the Past Tense offers reason for hope. In this intimate gallery of portraits we come face to face with eight distinguished practitioners of early modern intellectual history, and we are reminded once again of the traditional virtues of erudition and philological precision that continue to sustain this field even at a time when historical understanding seems under siege.”
Samuel Moyn, Yale University
“This survey of many of the best practitioners of early modern intellectual history working today is equally informative and pleasurable for scholars of all times and places. Bevilacqua and Clark take a snapshot of the state of the art in professional writing about ideas and how different lines of thought and alternative modes of practice have converged and clashed in the origins of our times. And though the study of early modern Europe has been the crucible for our debates about how to write intellectual history generally, several contributors anticipate a future in which Europe’s past is less and less central. A fascinating read.”
For more information, or to order this book, please visit https://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Blog: History

Events in History

Keep Informed

JOURNALs