Volume 77 (2016)
Quarterly (January, April, July, October)
ISSN: 0022-5037
E-ISSN: 1086-3222

Journal of the History of Ideas

Since its inception in 1940, the Journal of the History of Ideas has served as a medium for the publication of research in intellectual history that is of common interest to scholars and students in a wide range of fields. It is committed to encouraging diversity in regional coverage, chronological range, and methodological approaches. JHI defines intellectual history expansively and ecumenically, including the histories of philosophy, of literature and the arts, of the natural and social sciences, of religion, and of political thought. It also encourages scholarship at the intersections of cultural and intellectual history — for example, the history of the book and of visual culture.

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Forkosch Prize

The Journal of the History of Ideas is pleased to announce the winner of the Selma V. Forkosch Prize ($500) for the best article published in the Journal of the History of Ideas each year.

The winner for Volume 76 (2015) is Paul Duguid, for “The Ageing of Information: From Particular to Particulate,” volume 76, number 3, pages 347–68.

The Journal of the History of Ideas awards the Morris D. Forkosch Prize ($2,000) for the best book in intellectual history each year.

Eligible submissions are limited to the first book published by a single author, and to books published in English. The subject matter of submissions must pertain to one or more of the disciplines associated with intellectual history and the history of ideas broadly conceived: viz., history (including the histories of the various arts and sciences); philosophy (including the philosophy of science, aesthetics, and other fields); political thought; the social sciences (including anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology); and literature (including literary criticism, history and theory). 

No translations or collections of essays will be considered. The judges will favor publications displaying sound scholarship, original conceptualization, and significant chronological and interdisciplinary scope. 

Publishers: The deadline to submit books published in 2015 is March 1, 2016. Please send three copies of each book you wish to submit for consideration to the JHI office at the address below:

Journal of the History of Ideas
3624 Market Street Ste. 1SB
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615

For further information, please contact the office at jhi@history.upenn.edu.

Submissions are also accepted directly from authors: please send three copies of your book to the address above.

The winner of the 2014 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book in intellectual history is Rocco Rubini, for his The Other Renaissance: Italian Humanism between Hegel and Heidegger (University of Chicago Press).

Rocco Rubini is assistant professor of Italian literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.

Statement from the judging committee: “This erudite and vastly illuminating book, which seeks to extend the boundaries of ‘modern’ philosophy back past Descartes, offers at its core an account of interpretations of the Italian Renaissance put forward in the years 1860–1947 by an array of Italian scholars, as well as by one brilliant German scholar who might well have been accorded Italian citizenship but for his ‘racial’ origins, Paul Oskar Kristeller. In the course of telling this story, Rubini meditates on the origins and limits of modernity; on the nature of humanism and anti-humanism; on the need to cultivate an affective and futural, as well as scientific, relation to the past; on the undesirability of the prevailing schism between philosophy and history; on the honorable character of rhetoric truly understood; and on the cunning of scholars.” 

For a list of previous Forkosch prize winners click here.

A Winning Article

Congratulations to David I. Shyovitz, who has been awarded the 2016 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize of the Medieval Academy of America, for a first article in the field of medieval studies judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality, for his article “Christian and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Werewolf Renaissance,” Journal of the History of Ideas 75, no. 4 (2014).


Dr. Warren Breckman, coexecutive Editor of JHI, was interviewed by Steve Black, Serials Librarian for The College of St. Rose. Dr. Breckman discusses the history of the journal, the current focus, interdisciplinarity, the future of print journals and even Goethe. Click here for the pdf of the transcript.

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Michael C. Carhart
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Old Dominion University
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Email: mcarhart@odu.edu    

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