1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the History and Sociology of Ideas

Edited By Stefanos Geroulanos, Gisèle Sapiro Copyright 2024
    388 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of the History and Sociology of Ideas establishes a new and comprehensive way of working in the history and sociology of ideas, in order to obviate several longstanding gaps that have prevented a fruitful interdisciplinary and international dialogues. Pushing global intellectual history forward, it uses methodological innovations in the history of concepts, gender history, imperial history, and history of normativity, many of which have emerged out of intellectual history in recent years, and it especially foregrounds the role of field theory for delimiting objects of study but also in studying transnational history and migration of persons and ideas.

    The chapters also explore how intellectual history crosses the study of particular domains: law, politics, economy, science, life sciences, social and human sciences, book history, literature, and emotions.

    Introduction: The Society of Ideas
    Stefanos Geroulanos and Gisèle Sapiro

    Part I: Problems
    1. Engaging Intellectual History Otherwise
    Judith Surkis

    2. Publicness and the Public Sphere
    Sebastian Veg

    3. The Historicity of Texts: Intellectual History and Critical Hermeneutics
    Antoine Lilti

    4. Plea for a Social History of Political Ideas
    Frédérique Matonti

    5. Normativity and Intellectual History
    Giuseppe Bianco

    6. Quantitative Methods in Intellectual History
    Amine Brahimi and Tristan Leperlier

    7. Against Vanilla History: Why and How Histories of Sexual Acts Could Matter to Intellectual Historians
    Todd Shepard

    Part II: Domains in Intellectual History and the Sociology of Ideas

    8. The Legal Environment of Ideas and the Intellectual Making of Law: Copyright Law and International Law at the Crossroads of State and Disciplinary Boundaries
    Lara Manbeck and Jérôme Pacouret

    9. Nations, Networks, and Parties: Locating the Political Engagement of Intellectuals
    Antoine Aubert and Alexander Langstaff

    10. From Political Culture to Economic Theology
    Charly Coleman

    11. History of Science, Intellectual History, and the World, 1900-2020
    Kapil Raj

    12. Methodological Approaches for the Life Sciences and Intellectual History
    Nuala Caomhánach and Sébastien Lemerle

    13. Reconceptualizing National Traditions in Intellectual History
    Johan Heilbron

    14. Intellectual Histories of the Book and the Sociology of Texts
    Jean-Michel Chahsiche and John Raimo

    15. Literature, Knowledge, Worldview
    Gisèle Sapiro

    16. History of Emotions and Intellectual History
    Jonas Knatz

    Part III: Circulations

    17. Comparativism and Transfer: Relational Approaches in Intellectual History and the Sociology of Ideas
    Quentin Fondu and Lotte Houwink ten Cate

    18. Connective Dimensionality
    Andrew Sartori

    19. Intellectual Migration(s)
    Elsie Cohen and Anne Schult

    20. Circulations of Ideas and Intellectual History: The Role of Mediators
    Mathieu Hauchecorne

    David Armitage


    Stefanos Geroulanos is the Director of the Remarque Institute, a Professor of History at New York University, and a Co-Executive Editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas. His books include The Invention of Prehistory (2024), Transparency in Postwar France (2017), The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe (with Todd Meyers, 2018), and Power and Time (coedited with Natasha Wheatley and Dan Edelstein, 2020).

    Gisèle Sapiro is Professor of Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and a Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Her books include The French Writers’ War (2014), The Sociology of Literature (2023), Les Ecrivains et la politique en France (2018), and Peut-on dissocier l’œuvre de l’auteur? (2020). She coedited Ideas on the Move in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (2020).