Conference - The Philosophy of the History of Ideas
A one-day conference at Goldsmiths College on Thursday 28 June 2001.
The conference is in part a response to Mark Bevir's The Logic of the
History of Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 1999). This is perhaps the
only full-length book in English to offer a systematic exploration of 'the
forms of reasoning appropriate to the history of ideas' dealing with such
'central questions as: what is meaning? What constitutes objective
knowledge of the past? What are beliefs and traditions? How can we explain
why people held the beliefs they did?'
The papers to be presented will range widely over philosophical issues
raised by the historical studies of ideas, usually holding Mark Bevir's
views particularly in mind, but giving consideration also to the thinking
of Gramsci, Gadamer, Husserl, Derrida, Giddens, Sewell, Bourdieu, Geertz,
the Cambridge School, among others.
Copies of Mark Bevir's book are available at a 25% discount from the
published price of £40 to all those who register for the conference.
The conference will begin at 10am and end at 5.40pm with lunch at 1.30pm.
Mark Bevir (Berkley) The Author as Reader: Post Hoc Reflections on the
Logic of the History of Ideas
Robert Burns (Goldsmiths, London) The Socio-Historical Milieu of Meaning
David Craig (Durham) Empires of Meaning: the relation between Intellectual
and (Socio-) Cultural History
Jane Garnett (Wadham, Oxford) Whose Logic? Reflections on Gender in the
History of Ideas
Melissa Lane (King's Cambridge) Why History of Ideas at all?
James Martin (Goldsmiths, London) The Political Logic of Discourse: A
Alun Munslow (Staffordshire) Objectivity and the Writing of History
Hugh Rayment- Pickard (London) Derrida and Fidelity to History
The fee for the conference is £16 and covers a buffet lunch and morning
coffee and afternoon tea. The buffet lunch will include vegetarian items.
The cost to undergraduate and postgraduate students is £8.
Cheques should be made payable to 'Goldsmiths College'. There is no
possibility of paying by credit or debit card. Please do not send cash.
Registration applications must be received by Monday 18 June.
For further information please contact:
Dr Robert Burns
Dept of Historical and Cultural Studies
London SE14 6NW
Telephone: 020 7919 7495 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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