What is Intellectual History? (History 97b)





Prof. David Armitage

Tuesday, 2-4 pm, CGIS S-354

Intellectual historians study almost every period, place, and theme in human history: from classical times to the present, from Asia to the Americas, and from cannibalism to capitalism, by way of politics, philosophy, literature, art and other expressions of human agency and intention. This section will draw examples from a wide range of moments and regions to ask how intellectual history has developed as a field, what methods it uses, and how it can be distinguished from other forms of history even as it informs debates of interest to all historians.