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Volume 79 (2018)
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 78 (2017) is Greg Priest for “Charles Darwin’s Theory of Moral Sentiments: What Darwin’s Ethics Really Owes to Adam Smith,” volume 78, number 4, pages 571–593.

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 2017 is March 1, 2018. 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
3600 Market Street,  Ste. 560
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2649

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 2017 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book in intellectual history is Eli Cook, for The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life (Harvard University Press).

Statement from the judging committee: 

The 2017 Forkosch Prize for the best first book in intellectual history goes to Eli Cook’s The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life. As beautifully written as it is thought-provoking, this study illuminates the emergence of the idea that society is something to be invested in, to be capitalized, something, therefore, whose health can be evaluated statistically whether through measures of the cost of alcoholism or of worker productivity. Displaying impressive historical breadth, Cook moves from William Petty’s formative essay “Verbum sapienti and the Value of People” of 1665 to the adoption of the GDP as the standard measure of national health during the Great Depression, bringing to bear a vast range of thinkers—church ministers, business people, economists, politicians, bureaucrats, and social reformers—along the way. Meticulously and innovatively merging the history of economics and economic thought with intellectual and cultural history, The Pricing of Progress is essential reading for anyone interested in the ubiquity of the notions of capitalization and monetization in contemporary American society and politics.

For a list of the Selma Forkosch prize winners click here.

For a list of the Morris 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).

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Journal of the History of Ideas
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Philadelphia, PA 19104-2649
Phone: 215-746-7946
Fax: 215-746-7949
Email: jhi@history.upenn.edu

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Michael C. Carhart
Department of History
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
Phone: 757-683-3949
Email: mcarhart@odu.edu    

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