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History of Ideas NetMag

History of Ideas NetMag

The new History of Ideas Research Centre was founded on the conviction that the history of ideas is of great importance not only for all academic fields, but first and foremost for culture and society. The history of ideas enables a better understanding of our present, whose culture and manners of thinking result from certain traditions and therefore are not self-explanatory. We are not Europeans neither because of the territory we inhabit nor in virtue of recently concluded European treaties, but because European culture has been shaped by particular basic ideas and attitudes. They can only be clearly comprehended and commented on via an examination of their history, which can only be explicitly appropriated and evaluated against their historical background. The history of ideas explains our mental and cultural presuppositions and thereby may lead to justified affirmation and critique – not only a critique of traditional ideas, but also a critique of our present situation that often reveals its deficiencies only in the light of prior convictions and keynotes. The increasing specialization of historical studies needs to be counterbalanced by other types of research that focus on common presuppositions and thoughts, and thereby promote interdisciplinary work. This is precisely the scope of the studies of the history of ideas, where many academic fields overlap. In order to foster fruitful research discussion in the domain of the history of ideas, the research centre decided to launch the online magazine Orbis Idearum. History of Ideas NetMag, and the book series Vestigia Idearum Historica. Beiträge zur Ideengeschichte Europas by mentis Verlag in Münster.

The concept of the history of ideas has admittedly lost its semantic outlines. Since historical research has disproved rather than confirmed Lovejoy’s research program that was based on the supposition of constant unit-ideas, the concept of the history of ideas can be applied to any inquiry in the field of the Geistesgeschichte. By contrast, the new research centre attempts to restore the distinctive profile of the history of ideas. For the centre, ideas are thoughts, representations and fantasy images that may be expressed in various forms. Ideas manifest themselves first and foremost in language, but also in nonlinguistic media, and even in activities, rites and practices. In the latter case, they do not always manifest themselves directly, but are sometimes at the basis of certain cultural phenomena before eventually receiving linguistic expression. For this reason, the history of ideas coincides neither with the history of concepts (Begriffsgeschichte) nor with intellectual history (allgemeine Geistesgeschichte). While the former is oriented towards thoughts that are expressed linguistically, and, therefore, elaborates only a part of the history of ideas, the latter is devoted to the whole mental life of humankind, which may involve even religious systems and fundamental convictions of a whole epoch. By contrast, the history of ideas always focuses on particular elements that are recognizable in thought or in culture, and whose transformation or constancy can be explored over a certain period of time by describing, analyzing, and interpreting their appearance, function, and effect. Taken in this sense, the history of ideas occupies an intermediate position: it covers a broader field than the history of concepts that could be understood as one of its subareas, but it has a more specific task than intellectual history (allgemeine Geistesgeschichte). Even more than in the case of the history of concepts (Begriffsgeschichte), one must resist the temptation to mistake the historian’s interpretations for historical ideas.

The Editors

Editorial Board

Editors in chief

  • Riccardo Campa, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Italy)
  • Michel Henri Kowalewicz, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (France)

Editorial Staff

  • Anna Juraschek, University of Regensburg (Germany)
  • Dawid Wieczorek, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
  • Konrad Szocik, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
  • Krzysztof Krapa, University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland)
  • Lucas Mazur, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)

Scientific Commitee

  • Riccardo Pozzo, National Research Council of Italy - CNR (Italy)
  • Gunther Scholtz, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)
  • Karl Acham, University of Graz (Austria)
  • Luciano Pellicani, LUISS University in Rome (Italy)
  • Gregorio Piaia, University of Padua (Italy)
  • Carole Talon-Hugon, University of Nice (France)
  • Tatiana Artemyeva, Herzen University in St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Martine Yvernault, University of Limoges (France)
  • Martina Roesner, University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Jarosław Górniak, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
  • Paweł Dybel, University of Warsaw/Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
  • Marcin Król, University of Warsaw (Poland)
  • Eric Nelson, University of Massachussets (USA)
  • Mara Wade, University of Illinois (USA)
  • Sergio Sorrentino, University of Salerno (Italy)
  • Han Vermeulen, Max-Planck Institute of Anthropology (Germany)
  • Jens Loenhoff, Essen-Duisburg University (Germany)
  • Maria Flis, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
  • Giuseppe Micheli, University of Padua (Italy)
  • Mikhail Mikeshin, St. Petersburg Center for the History of Ideas (Russia)
  • Alexander Schwarz, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Victor Kaploun, European University in St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Wiesław Wydra, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland)
  • Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Irina Tunkina, Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Lech Witkowski, Pomeranian University in Słupsk (Poland)
  • Fabio Grigenti, University of Padua (Italy)
  • Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, John Cabot University in Rome (Italy)

Publishing and contacts

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Contact us at: riccardo.campa@uj.edu.pl