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The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought

Volume 1. The Nineteenth Century

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Warren Breckman, Peter E. Gordon, Terry Pinkard, Nicholas Halmi, David Fergusson, Philip Schofield, Francesco Boldizzoni, Mary Pickering, Jerrold Seigel, Gareth Stedman Jones, Jerry Muller, Naomi Andrews, Gregory Radick, John Toews, Tuska Benes, Mary Gluck, Christian Emden, Adam Kuper, Erica Benner, Jennifer Pitts, Claudia Verhoeven
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  • Date Published: April 2022
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107483767

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  • The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought is an authoritative and comprehensive exploration of the themes, thinkers and movements that shaped our intellectual world in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth century. Representing both individual figures and the contexts within which they developed their ideas, each essay is written in a clear accessible style by leading scholars in the field and offers both originality and interpretive insight. This first volume surveys late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European intellectual history, focusing on the profound impact of the Enlightenment on European intellectual life. Spanning twenty chapters, it covers figures such as Kant, Hegel, Wollstonecraft, and Darwin, major political and intellectual movements such as Romanticism, Socialism, Liberalism and Feminism, and schools of thought such as Historicism, Philology, and Decadence. Renouncing a single 'master narrative' of European thought across the period, Warren Breckman and Peter E. Gordon establish a formidable new multi-faceted vision of European intellectual history for the global modern age.

    • Presents an authoritative survey of late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century intellectual history written by leading scholars in the field
    • Organized in roughly chronological fashion to provide an accessible introduction to European intellectual history
    • Balances coverage of the classic themes of European intellectual history with explorations of European and non-European figures and movements
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    'This is simply an incredible resource: essay after essay, written by leading intellectual historians that provide concise, lucid and engaging introductions to the main currents of European thought over the past two centuries. Everyone from students to seasoned scholars will want copies of these books on their shelves.' David A. Bell, Lapidus Professor, Princeton University

    'In these well-nigh encyclopedic volumes, Warren Breckman and Peter E. Gordon engage in a daunting feat. They offer compact and informative introductions to essays on very many crucial dimensions of thought in the 19th and 20th centuries. And they furnish, along with their own substantive chapters, contributions from an array of prominent scholars of intellectual and cultural history, all of whom demonstrate impressive expertise in their varied areas of inquiry. The result is an important work of both scholarly and general interest.' Dominick LaCapra, Professor Emeritus of History and Bowmar Professor Emeritus of Humanistic Studies, Cornell University

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    • Date Published: April 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107483767
    • length: 522 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Warren Breckman and Peter E. Gordon
    1. German idealism: the thought of modernity Terry Pinkard
    2. European romanticism: ambivalent responses to the sense of a new epoch Nicholas Halmi
    3. History, tradition and skepticism: the patterns of nineteenth-century theology David Fergusson
    4. The young Hegelians: philosophy as critical praxis Warren Breckman
    5. Utilitarianism, God, and moral obligation from Locke to Sidgwick Philip Schofield
    6. Capital, class, and empire: nineteenth-century political economy and its imaginary Francesco Boldizzoni
    7. Positivism in European intellectual, political, and religious life Mary Pickering
    8. European liberalism in the nineteenth century Jerrold Seigel
    9. European socialism from the 1790s to the 1890s Gareth Stedman Jones
    10. Conservatism: the utility of history and the case against rationalist radicalism Jerry Muller
    11. The woman question: liberal and socialist critiques of the status of women Naomi Andrews
    12. Darwinism and social Darwinism Gregory Radick
    13. Historicism from Ranke to Nietzsche John Toews
    14. Philology, language, and the constitution of meaning and human communities Tuska Benes
    15. Decadence and the 'second modernity' Mary Gluck
    16. Nihilism, pessimism, and the conditions of modernity Christian Emden
    17. Civilisation, culture and race: anthropology in the nineteenth century Adam Kuper
    18. The varieties of nationalist thought Erica Benner
    19. Ideas of empire: civilization, race, and global hierarchy Jennifer Pitts
    20. Rethinking revolution: radicalism at the end of the long nineteenth century Claudia Verhoeven.

  • Editors

    Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania
    Warren Breckman is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1995. He is the author of Marx, the Young Hegelians and the Origins of Radical Social Theory (Cambridge, 1999), European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents (2007) and Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-marxism and Radical Democracy (2013). He served as co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas (2006–10) and co-edited the volume The Modernist Imagination: Essays in Intellectual History and Critical Theory (2008) also with Peter E. Gordon.

    Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Peter E. Gordon is Amabel B. James Professor of History at Harvard University, Massachusetts. He is a resident faculty member at Harvard's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and has held fellowships from the Princeton Society of Fellows and the Davis Center at Princeton University. He is the award-winning author of Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy (2003), Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (2010), Adorno and Existence (2016) and co-editor of several books, including The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School (with Espen Hammer and Axel Honneth, 2018).


    Warren Breckman, Peter E. Gordon, Terry Pinkard, Nicholas Halmi, David Fergusson, Philip Schofield, Francesco Boldizzoni, Mary Pickering, Jerrold Seigel, Gareth Stedman Jones, Jerry Muller, Naomi Andrews, Gregory Radick, John Toews, Tuska Benes, Mary Gluck, Christian Emden, Adam Kuper, Erica Benner, Jennifer Pitts, Claudia Verhoeven

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