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“Nicholas Phillipson, who passed away on 24th January, 2018, was one of the founding co-editors of MIH, alongside Charles Capper and Anthony LaVopa, in a venture made possible thanks to the strong and continuing support of friends and colleagues at Cambridge University Press. Even after he stepped away from editorial duties, he remained an inspiration to us, a living embodiment of the enlightened sociability he did so much to illuminate through his work on the Scottish Enlightenment. A wonderful scholar and a great man, Nick will be missed dearly by all who knew and worked with him. Readers who might like to remind themselves of the extent of his scholarly achievements can easily turn to Colin Kidd’s astute judgments in ‘The Phillipsonian Enlightenment’ in Modern Intellectual History 11/1 (2014), pp. 175-190.”

  • ISSN: 1479-2443 (Print), 1479-2451 (Online)
  • Editors: Professor Angus Burgin Johns Hopkins University, USA , Dr Duncan Kelly University of Cambridge, UK , Professor Tracie M. Matysik University of Texas at Austin, USA and Professor Darrin M. McMahon Dartmouth University, USA
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MIH serves as a focal point and forum for scholarship in intellectual history and its related fields, from the period of 1650 to the present. Though its primary focus is on Europe and the United States, it also devotes attention to global intellectual and cultural exchanges. In so doing, MIH concerns itself chiefly with apprehending the contextual origins and receptions of texts in order to recover their historical meanings. But we understand 'texts' in the broadest sense, so as to encompass multiple forms of intellectual and cultural expression. These include, but are not limited to, political thought, philosophy, religion, literature, both the social sciences and the natural sciences, music, architecture and the visual arts.

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