The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

 
Semester Two, 2009
 Centre for the History of European Discourses
 
Intellectual historiography is currently undergoing a variety of new and interesting developments. In the wake of the reconstruction of ‘ideas’ in terms of the uses of texts, and the reworking of these uses in terms of an open-ended array of contextual interests and purposes, the field is opening up onto a variety of specific ‘regional’ studies. These studies are focused not on general developmental laws of human reason — such as those posited by Kantian, Hegelian and Marxian philosophical history — but on contingent historical arrangements that determine what happens to be called ‘reasoning’ in particular circumstances for particular purposes. This contextualising and pluralising of rationality has allowed it to become porous to domains it was presumed to repel — religion and theology, political interests and forces, sheer historical contingency — and is resulting in histories that no longer assume a telelogical movement towards a rational, secular and democratic future.

In order to facilitate the focused discussion of some of these new histories, the New Developments in Intellectual History Seminar will hold a series of discussions focused around new works in the field. Each seminar will be focused on a particular essay or book which will have been pre-circulated (wholly or in part) via the seminar web-page. It will be assumed that all participants have read the the relevant texts. The seminars themselves will consist of a short presentation by the author to be followed by a short response by a discussant, opening onto a period of open discussion. The seminars are open to all those interested in the topics to be covered.
 


To be held in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Forgan Smith Tower, University of Queensland on the following Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm.
 
 Schedule:   
Aug 6
Peter Harrison (Oxford), The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science.
Discussant: Calvin Normore (UCLA:Toronto)
  Reading 
 
Aug 20
Simon During (Johns Hopkins), Mystery, Magic and the Late English Enlightenment.
Discussant: Peter Holbrook (EMSAH UQ) 
Reading
 
Sept 3
Ian Hunter (CHED), Kant’s Regional Cosmopolitanism.
Discussant: Martin Weber (Political Science and International Relations UQ)
  Reading (Full) (Abridged)
Note: The seminar will be based on the short version of this paper, with the long one available for those with a particular interest in the history of Kantian philosophy.
 
Sept 17
Philip Almond (CHED), Rethinking Reginald Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft
Discussant: Sarah Ferber (HPRC UQ)
Reading
 
Oct 1
Michael Ure (CHED), Nietzsche’s Therapy.
Discussant: Michelle Boulos Walker (HPRC UQ)
 Reading
 
Oct 15
Conal Condren (CHED), Argument and Authority in Early Modern England.
Discussant: David Martin Jones (Political Science UQ)
 Reading
 
 

 

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