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Writing the History of the Mind - Philosophy and Science in France, 1900 to 1960s (Electronic book text)
Writing the History of the Mind - Philosophy and Science in France, 1900 to 1960s (Electronic book text): Cristina Chimisso
Writing the History of the Mind - Philosophy and Science in France, 1900 to 1960s (Electronic book text): Cristina Chimisso

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Cristina Chimisso

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For much of the twentieth century, French intellectual life was dominated by theoreticians and historians of mentalite. Traditionally, the study of the mind and of its limits and capabilities was the domain of philosophy, however in the first decades of the twentieth century practitioners of the emergent human and social sciences were increasingly competing with philosophers in this field: ethnologists, sociologists, psychologists and historians of science were all claiming to study 'how people think'. Scholars, including Gaston Bachelard, Georges Canguilhem, Leon Brunschvicg, Lucien Levy-Bruhl, Lucien Febvre, Abel Rey, Alexandre Koyre and Helene Metzger were all investigating the mind historically and participating in shared research projects. Yet, as they have since been appropriated by the different disciplines, literature on their findings has so far failed to recognise the connections between their research and their importance in intellectual history. In this exemplary book, Cristina Chimisso reconstructs the world of these intellectuals and the key debates in the philosophy of mind, particularly between those who studied specific mentalities by employing prevalently historical and philological methods, and those who thought it possible to write a history of the mind, outlining the evolution of ways of thinking that had produced the modern mentality. Dr Chimisso situates the key French scholars in their historical context and shows how their ideas and agendas were indissolubly linked with their social and institutional positions, such as their political and religious allegiances, their status in academia, and their familial situation. The author employs a vast range of original research, using philosophical and scientific texts as well as archive documents, correspondence and seminar minutes from the period covered, to recreate the milieu in which these relatively neglected scholars made advances in the history of philosophy and science, and produced

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: February 2016
First published: 2008
Authors: Cristina Chimisso
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 220
ISBN-13: 978-1-134-78822-4
Barcode: 9781134788224
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Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > Theory & methods > Historiography
Books > History > Theory & methods > Historiography
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > History of science
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Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Philosophy of science
LSN: 1-134-78822-3

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