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Inventing the Environment - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Environment A History of the Idea By Sverker Sörlin, Libby Robin, Paul Warde Published 11.30.2018 Johns Hopkins University Press 256 Pages The Postwar Origins of the Global Environment How the United Nations Built Spaceship Earth By Perrin Selcer Published 11.25.2018 Columbia University Press 400 Pages"
environment  history  concepts  intellectual  20c 
5 weeks ago by tsuomela
The State of Intellectual History | Society for US Intellectual History
"American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018, and The Worlds of American Intellectual History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017."
books  review  intellectual  historiography 
may 2019 by tsuomela
Modernitys Spell - The New Atlantis
"Credulity: A Cultural History of U.S. Mesmerism By Emily Ogden"
book  review  intellectual  history  credulity  belief  rationality  18c  19c 
april 2019 by tsuomela
Winthrop’s “City” Was Exceptional, not Exceptionalist - Los Angeles Review of Books
"As a City on a Hill The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon By Daniel T. Rodgers Published 11.13.2018 Princeton University Press 368 Pages"
book  review  american-studies  american  history  intellectual  religion  civic  exceptionalism 
february 2019 by tsuomela
Rebecca Tuvel, Amy Cuddy, and “bullying” in academia.
Proposes an interesting overlap between reactions to Rebecca Tuval paper on transracialism and Amy Cuddy on power poses. Who is defending whom and why? What role do senior scholars play?
academia  intellectual  argument  social-media  outrage  harassment  replication  philosophy  science 
may 2017 by tsuomela
On Public Intellectuals: From the Talmud to Judith Butler — Crooked Timber
"When we talk about public intellectuals, not only are we talking about the audience as a recipient or reader of the text, but we are also, necessarily, talking about the audience as an independent, autonomous, and equally original and creative, co-creator of the text."
public  intellectual  public-intellectual  audience  critical-theory  philosophy  reading  co-creation 
july 2016 by tsuomela
How Intellectuals Create a Public - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"A brilliant essay on the creation of publics, a la Dewey, and two examples of liberal reluctance to call upon mass publics - from Cass Sunstein and Ta-Nehisi Coates."
public  intellectual  public-intellectual  politics  activism  race  nudge 
january 2016 by tsuomela
Understanding Society: Mechanisms and intellectual movements
"It is therefore interesting to consider the role that reference to social mechanisms has played in recent works of the sociology of science and the sociology of knowledge. A particularly good example is found in the work of sociologists like Camic, Lamont, Gross, and Frickel, and Frickel and Gross's "General Theory of Scientific/Intellectual Movements" (2005) is a good place to start"
science  social  social-movement  sociology  intellectual  movements 
february 2014 by tsuomela
The New Economy of Letters - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The new economy of letters hasn't made academic writing better, but it has made it harder for certain kinds of intellectuals to be heard. All the noise has silenced the modest, the untenured, and the politically moderate."
publishing  intellectual  writing  academia 
september 2013 by tsuomela
« I Dream of Genius Commentary Magazine
"I find it pleasing that science cannot account for genius. I do not myself believe in miracles, but I do have a strong taste for mysteries, and the presence, usually at lengthy intervals, of geniuses is among the great ones. Schopenhauer had no explanation for the existence of geniuses, either, but, even while knowing all the flaws inherent in even the greatest among them, he held that geniuses “were the lighthouses of humanity; and without them mankind would lose itself in the boundless sea of error and bewilderment.” The genius is able to fulfill this function because he is able to think outside himself, to see things whole while the rest of us at best see them partially, and he has the courage, skill, and force to break the logjam of fixed opinions and stultified forms. Through its geniuses the world has made what serious progress it has thus far recorded. God willing, we haven’t seen the last of them."
genius  creativity  novelty  intellectual  history  philosophy  review  book 
september 2013 by tsuomela 9780742515079 - Twentieth-Century Multiplicity: American Thought and Culture, 1900–1920
"Twentieth-Century Multiplicity explores the effect of the culture-wide sense that prevailing syntheses failed to account fully for the complexities of modern life. As Daniel H. Borus documents the belief that there were many truths, many beauties, and many values—a condition that the historian Henry Adams labeled multiplicity—rather than singular ones prompted new departures in a myriad of discourses and practices ranging from comic strips to politics to sociology. The new emphasis on contingency and context prompted Americans to rethink what counted as truth and beauty, how the self was constituted and societies cohered and functioned. The challenge to absolutes and universals, Borus shows, gave rise to a culture in which standards were not always firm and fixed and previously accepted hierarchies were not always valid. Although itself strenuously challenged, especially during the First World War, early twentieth-century multiplicity bequeathed to American cultural life an abiding sense of the complexity and diversity of things."
book  publisher  history  intellectual  20c  multiplicity  culture  relativism  pluralism 
september 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Review: Woodhouse on Turner's *The Promise of Wilderness*
"Review of James Morton Turner's, The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964 (University of Washington Press, 2012)."
book  review  environment  history  intellectual  law  politics  movement  activism  nature  philosophy  2h20c 
august 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Organizations and the Chicago school
"World War II brought about a set of changes in organizational America that made the Chicago School approach less appealing to the mainstream. "The conflictual, processual, local theories of the Chicago School made little sense in a world now conceived as grand, unified, and even static, a huge mechanism for steady expansion in a non-ideological, managed world" (416). But this stability was short-lived, and Abbott believes that the Chicago approach is once again worth studying."
sociology  intellectual  history  1h20c  20c  process  organizations  theory 
july 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Against Irony
Epistemological wariness of “totalizing” forms of thought is one of the calling cards of  the ironic detachment so central to postmodernism. Of course, ironic detachment was also one of the signal sensibilities of Cold War liberalism, a liberal variant obsessed with consensus, pluralism, technical expertise, detachment, and irony, a zeitgeist that found its apotheosis in Daniel Bell’s 1960 book, The End of Ideology: On the Exhaustion of Political Ideas in the Fifties.
history  historiography  irony  epistemology  postmodernism  politics  intellectual 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Layers of Silence, Arenas of Voice: The Ecology of Visible and Invisible Work - Springer
No work is inherently either visible or invisible. We always “see” work through a selection of indicators: straining muscles, finished artifacts, a changed state of affairs. The indicators change with context, and that context becomes a negotiation about the relationship between visible and invisible work. With shifts in industrial practice these negotiations require longer chains of inference and representation, and may become solely abstract.
This article provides a framework for analyzing invisible work in CSCW systems. We sample across a variety of kinds of work to enrich the understanding of how invisibility and visibility operate. Processes examined include creating a “non-person” in domestic work
cscw  work  labor  visibility  technology  intellectual  creative-class 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Slow Thoughts for Fast Times: Why Mills and Not Gouldner? - Fast Capitalism
"Had they survived their broken hearts, Mills and Gouldner would today be old men. One wonders what they would have to say to each other, if anything at all. Neither might have gone on to surpass the work he had already done. Still, one wonders what might have been. In the meantime, we have what they left which is enough, for me at least, to wonder why we read and remember Mills and not Gouldner? Is it the luck of the one to have invented a brilliant catch phrase? Or the bad luck of the other for having died after asking troubling questions still open decades later? Without taking any thing away from Mills's well deserved reputation, it is strange that a well-turned phrase ended up trumping a rough-hewn theory. Of this, we can be sure, Mills would not have approved, however much we would have enjoyed the lingering of his reputation."
sociology  history  activism  theory  imagination  intellectual 
july 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Book Review: Seal on Horowitz's Consuming Pleasures
"Review of Daniel Horowitz’s Consuming Pleasures: Intellectuals and Popular Culture in the Postwar World (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)."
book  review  intellectual  history  consumerism  american  american-studies 
june 2012 by tsuomela
Five Darwinian/Posthumanist Theses « Larval Subjects .
"It’s no exaggeration to suggest that Darwin’s account of speciation is the most revolutionary idea in the last two hundred years. In claiming this, I am not original, for this is also the thesis of Dennett in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea. I will never have words fine enough to capture the greatness of Darwin, but nonetheless it is important to at least attempt the articulation of what is so revolutionary in his thought." Annotated link
evolution  ideas  object-oriented-ontology  objects  intellectual  history 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Rocky and the New Populism | Front Porch Republic
"Rocky became the big success story of 1976, winning at the box office and at the Academy Awards. Audiences could identify with the film as it at once gave expression to the frustrations and the ideals of many Americans—it pointed to what had gone wrong with the nation even as it pointed toward the ideals Americans invested in their nation. In 1976 many people yearned for a renewed sense of pride in the United States even as they had come to distrust their government and the many elites who, they believed, had brought it to ruin. In the coming years many Americans looked for leaders who understood their point of view, who could take America out of the hands of various elites, and who could project an image of a strong and prosperous America. This new populism made possible a political realignment that sundered the New Deal coalition that had dominated American politics since 1936."
culture  intellectual  history  american-studies  america  1970s  movies 
september 2011 by tsuomela
I Love You but You're Going to Hell
"The goal is not to convert people to the other side. Rather, it is to overcome the mutual bewilderment and demonization that can happen when each side hears the arguments of the other. It is to get over the kind of assumption that anyone who holds those other positions must be stupid or evil."
weblog-individual  ideas  history  intellectual  conflict  culture-war  understanding 
august 2011 by tsuomela
ARCADE: Literature, the Humanities, and the World
"And yet, it's often as somebodies that we reveal ourselves as scholars and teachers. One of the bees recently in my proverbial bonnet is the notion that students have been misguided into thinking that academic thought is neither applicable to nor motivated by "the real world." It's in blogging that I've found this notion most profoundly refuted, as trivial posts on the minutiae of everyday life eventually link up with larger theoretical concerns, casually strung together by the idiosyncratic tagging taxonomy in my head. The humanities in particular are aimed at developing theoretically supple ways to answer questions that we seriously want answered. I'm not going to lie: when I heard I was going to be an aunt, I went and read Eve Sedgwick's essay "Tales of the Avunculate." (Recommended, by the way.) To me, revealing those connections is part of the point of thinking in public."
weblog-analysis  purpose  public  intellectual  academia  humanities 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Harvard Holism - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The split between evolutionists who think that selection is for and only for the individual, and those who think that the group often comes first and foremost, goes back to the two men who discovered natural selection—Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Darwin always thought in terms of individuals, even when it comes to humans (I have discovered a letter making this point very clear), and Wallace always thought that often selection favors the group."
history  evolution  kin-selection  objects  groups  species  holism  reductionism  school(Harvard)  intellectual 
april 2011 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: On Cronon: History, Law, and the Public, 2 of 2
"What do scholars offer present politics? Does it depend on the discipline - sociology vs. history vs. chemistry - and, within disciplines, on sub-fields? Amongst historians, does a US historian like Cronon have more to offer than, say, a medievalist? Does it matter *where you live* (Cronon's made much of his place-based identity), or *what you know* (e.g. for the sake of comparison), or *how you think* (pattern recognition, textual analysis,
public  scholar  scholarship  intellectual  history  discipline  politics  public-sphere  academia  university  controversy 
april 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: The Emotional Panoply of American Conservatism, 1964-Present
"We all know that politics requires an emotional connection, so I fully realize that what I am discussing here is not news---not by any means. Then again, I am not aware of a recent history of post-1960s conservatism that firmly and prominently underscores the range---the panoply---of emotions on display in the movement over time, as well as how its internal emotional discourse has changed over time. Though I have not read every recent book on conservatism, my impression is that representations of the movement's history in relation to emotion are usually about the same old stuff: anger ("I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!") and fear (fear of the decline of values, family, and tradition). "
political-science  intellectual  history  conservatism  american 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Cambridge Journals Online - Modern Intellectual History
This important journal serves as a focal point and forum for scholarship on intellectual and cultural history from the mid-seventeenth century to the present, with primary attention to Europe and the Americas and to transnational developments that encompass the non-West. MIH enquires into this era's intellectual discourses and texts, their contextual origins and reception, and the recovery of their historical meanings. The journal encompasses various forms of intellectual and cultural history, including political thought and culture, philosophy, religion, literature and literary criticism, social sciences, natural sciences, visual arts and aesthetic theory, communications, law, economic thought, social and cultural theory, psychology, anthropology, music and the history of the book.
journal  history  intellectual  modern 
march 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: The politics of cultural despair
"Two elements seem especially relevant in today's political culture: the willingness of some voices in the political sphere to engage in the emotional hyperbole and hatred that were the stock-in-trade of these German critics
history  culture  intellectual  country(Germany)  nazi  ideology  despair  conservatism  sociology 
march 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Intellectual History and the Age of Fracture, Part I
Further discussion of Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers. "Through Rodgers draws on each of the three dominant intellectual historical methodologies, I don't think he can be reduced to a Skinnerian, a La Caprian, or a Hollingerian. So what is he up to in this book? "
book  historiography  history  intellectual  american  culture 
march 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: The Culture Wars: Notes Towards a Working Definition
"Most scholars understand the culture wars to have been ephemeral. I argue against that consensus. Although the culture wars were emotional, overstated, and often hyperbolic, they were not necessarily a proxy for more important developments. Rather, I contend that the culture wars are best understood as the terrain that allowed Americans in the 1980s and 1990s to acknowledge, if not accept, the transformations to American life wrought by the tumultuous developments of the 1960s and 1970s. Most explicitly, the culture wars granted Americans space to articulate new understandings of American life in the context of the altered landscapes of race, gender, and religion. Through the culture wars, Americans found new forms of solidarity in the face of an increasingly rudderless and fragmented culture that threw into doubt all foundations. I contend that the culture wars, then, are the defining narrative of postmodern America. "
culture-war  history  intellectual  1990s  1980s  political-correctness  american-studies  american  definition  culture 
march 2011 by tsuomela
shorter version of the 20 greatest philosophers post « Object-Oriented Philosophy
"It seems to me that what could happen instead (not sure if it will) is a situation in which, even within the same basic civilizational/disciplinary framework (e.g., philosophers in the Western tradition), multiple rival traditions of major references slowly emerge. Not “an infinite number,” as if each person’s opinion constituted a separate tradition in itself, but say 4 or 5 somewhat mutually exclusive conceptions of what philosophy is.

It’s not a question of whether the traditions would be really “irreconcilable,” but of whether they would in fact be reconciled or not."
paradigm  canon  philosophy  intellectual  history  future 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Skewering Intellectuals - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Russell Jacoby reviews Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell. "In the Conservative Series on American Politics, Sowell has given us the Idiot's Guide to Intellectuals, Big Print Edition. We should take him at his word. This is not a book for intellectuals. It is a gift item for conservatives who do not read. They can shelve it next to Paul Johnson's screed. If conservatives want something more, however, they should spring for Posner's Public Intellectuals. Posner may be wrong-headed, but he has bite and verve. Moreover, if they buy Posner in paperback instead of Sowell in hardback, they will save 10 bucks. In Sowell's universe, that clinches any argument."
book  review  intellectual  elites  conservatism 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Dissent Magazine - Intellectuals and Their America
Last fall, we invited a number of prominent American intellectuals who are not editors of Dissent to participate in a forum about the culture and politics of our country. It seems a good time for such a discussion. Both U.S. politics and culture are arenas of great tension—whether the strains portend national renewal, decline, or more of the same. Conservatives no longer dominate U.S. politics, but a new liberal era has not yet begun; digital technology has altered the ways most Americans inform and entertain themselves and communicate with others, but many worry that it also trivializes all forms of expression; for the first time, capitalism has become an entirely global system, but its fruits are, as always, distributed unequally, in the United States as well as abroad. It is far from clear what part American intellectuals—in and outside academia—play, or wish to play, in understanding and dealing with these issues.
politics  intellectual  culture 
january 2010 by tsuomela
CwF RtB = Techdirt | Techdirt
Connect with Fans (CwF) Reason to Buy (RtB) = The Business Model
business-model  online  intellectual  consulting 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Intellectuals at the Gates by Adam Kirsch, City Journal 6 March 2008
Democracy Denied, 1905–1915: Intellectuals and the Fate of Democracy, by Charles Kurzman
intellectual  revolution  history  sociology  change  politics  1h20c  1900s  1910s 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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