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A New Volume on Early Modern Experimental Philosophy

Alberto Vanzo and Peter Anstey are pleased to announce the publication of Experiment, Speculation and Religion in Early Modern Philosophy, New York: Routledge, 2019. This is the first collection ever published that is dedicated to the theme of early modern...

Titus Oates and the Popish Plot

[Reposted from Quora Spaces.] One of the ironies of English history is that the landmark 1689 Bill of Rights, with its prohibition of “cruel and unusual” punishment, was prompted, in part, by the ill-treatment of one of the great villains...

Prickly Presbyterianism? A Review of Boundless Dominion: Providence, Politics, and the Early Canadian Presbyterian Worldview

Todd Webb  Denis McKim, Boundless Dominion: Providence, Politics, and the Early Canadian Presbyterian Worldview (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). Writing about Wesleyan Methodism in Canada, or most anywhere else...
From: Borealia on 4 Feb 2019

Sadomasochism and Christianity

This is a post on a website entitled “Bad News about Christianity“. The name gives a fairly good indication of what it’s all about, and there’s certainly a lot of detailed information on the website, but unfortunately there is...

The Darker Side of Baconianism

Kirsten Walsh writes… In my last post, I explained how Newton’s theory of the tides relied on empirical data drawn from all over the world. The Royal Society used its influence and wide-ranging networks to coordinate information gathering...

Natural Histories and Newton’s Theory of the Tides

Kirsten Walsh writes… Lately, I’ve been thinking about Newton’s work on the tides. In the Principia Book 3, Newton identified the physical cause of the tides as a combination of forces: the Moon and Sun exert gravitational pulls on...

When did Locke and Boyle first meet?

Until now the earliest evidence for Locke making Boyle’s acquaintance is a letter from Dr Ayliffe Ivye to Locke of 20 May 1660. This letter implies that Locke knew Boyle by this time and Ivye recommends to Locke that he […]

International Society for Intellectual History

International Society for Intellectual History “The ISIH was created in 1994 to promote the study and teaching of intellectual history in all its forms and to foster communication and interaction among the global community of scholars in the field.”...

Subjectivity, Self-Narratives and the History of Emotions

The University of Sussex is calling for participants to a Master Class on the History of Emotions, January 16-18, 2017. Click here for details.  

Locke’s Experimental Philosophy of Ideas

A guest post by Kenny Pearce. Kenny Pearce writes … It is by now well-known that Locke intentionally sets his Essay in the context of Baconian natural history, the project of the Royal Society. This can be seen in Locke’s [...]

Symposium on the Bicentennial of the Latin American Revolutions in the JHI, Jan 2018

Journal of the History of Ideas, 79/1 (2018): Elías Palti, Revising History: Introduction to the Symposium on the Bicentennial of the Latin American Revolutions of Independence Jeremy Adelman, Empires, Nations, and Revolutions Francisco...
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 9 May 2018

Locke Studies goes online

Locke Studies makes Vols 14–16 freely accessible online We are pleased to announce that Vols 8, 9 and 14–16 of Locke Studies are now freely available on the Locke Studies website<>....

‘To treat of God from Phenomena’

Kirsten Walsh writes… In my last few posts, I’ve discussed some of the lesser-known aspects of Newton’s work. In my first post on this topic, I talked generally about how we might consider Newton’s chymistry, theology and Church...

Articles, Nauta & Westler, in JHI, July 2017

Journal of the History of Ideas 76/3 (2015). Lodi Nauta, “The Order of Knowing: Juan Luis Vives on Language, Thought, and the Topics.” Brandon Westler, “Between Tradition and Revolution: The Curious Case of Francisco Martínez...
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 4 Oct 2017

Leitão & Sánchez, “Zilsel’s Thesis, Maritime Culture, & Iberian Science” in JHI April 2017

Henrique Leitão and Antonio Sánchez, “Zilsel’s Thesis, Maritime Culture, & Iberian Science in Early Modern Europe,” Journal of the History of Ideas 78/2 (2017).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 29 Sep 2017

Visualizing Social Networks: Palladio and the Encyclopédistes, Pt II

By Melanie Conroy In my first post on Palladio, we explored points-based and point-to-point based mapping. In this post, we will focus on how we can use Palladio to visualize networks. A network can link people, places, books, or any other entities that...
From: Age of Revolutions on 27 Sep 2017

Locke’s earliest use of the term ‘experimentall naturall philosophy’

Peter Anstey writes… It is well known that the leading English philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) had much exposure to the writings and practice of experimental philosophers within his ambit from the early 1660s. For example, Locke was involved...

Review of the rationalism-empiricism distinction in Latin America

Juan Gomez writes… In this post I want to take a break from sharing my research on the ESD in early modern Spain. I want to talk about the current application of the rationalism-empiricism distinction (RED) by philosophers in Latin [...]

Ideological Origins at 50: Power, Rights, and the Rise and Fall of Free States

By E.G. Gallwey On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, Peter Mancall of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and Steve Pincus of Yale University’s...
From: Age of Revolutions on 15 May 2017

Vegetative and mechanical processes in Newton’s Chymistry

Kirsten Walsh writes… In my last post, I started thinking about the lesser-known aspects of Newton’s work—his chymistry, theology and Church history—in order to learn more about his methodology.  In particular, I wondered...

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