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The Editors

With this issue, Contributions to the History of Concepts, a publication of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group (HPSCG), relaunches under the auspices of a new publisher and new sponsorship, and with a new editorial team. Berghahn Journals, the new publisher, is an independent scholarly publisher in the humanities and social sciences. The new host and sponsor is the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, an intellectual center for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of issues related to philosophy, society, culture and education.

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Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

“What is a nation?” Ernest Renan’s famous rhetorical question to an audience at the Sorbonne on 11 March 1882 has remained vital for a wide variety of scholars in fields as diverse as history, literary criticism, sociology, philosophy, and political science. Renan initially posed the question barely ten years after the close of the Franco-Prussian War, which had sparked the establishment of the French Third Republic, the unification of Germany under the leadership of Wilhelm I, and the transfer of the disputed territory of Alsace-Lorraine from French to German control in the months between July 1870 and May 1871. Renan made no overt mention of these events while he was speaking, but he rejected any possible answer to his question that might attempt to base the creation of nations and national identities on shared “race, language, [economic] interests, religious affinity, geography, [or] military necessities.” This explicit refusal constituted an implicit rejection of the entire range of German justifications for the acquisition of the two recently French border provinces.

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Heidi Hakkarainen

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jena, Niethammer was, in 1807, appointed Central Commissioner of Education to reorganize Bavaria's education system, 12 a task that was in many ways similar to Wilhelm von Humboldt's job in Prussia. 13 While

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Introduction

Concepts of Emotions in Indian Languages

Margrit Pernau

range from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, and they draw on a large variety of sources: from moral philosophy and journal articles, the classical genres of conceptual history, so to speak; to literature and novels; to oral performances in

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Editorial

Ism Concepts in Science and Politics

Jani Marjanen

title character explains his life philosophy by denouncing isms: “Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism; he should believe in himself.” But ism words are not always negatively laden, and we can find several examples in

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Introduction

A Focus on the History of Concepts

Eirini Goudarouli

philosophical work, The Philosophical Grammar, Being a View of the Present State of Experimented Physiology, Or Natural Philosophy in Four Parts (1735), translated by Anthimos Gazis in 1799. This article focuses mainly on the different ways Gazis’s translation

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The Modernity of Political Representation

Its Innovative Thrust and Transnational Semantic Transfers during the Sattelzeit (Eighteenth to Nineteenth Centuries)

Samuel Hayat and José María Rosales

, “Hobbes on Representation,” European Journal of Philosophy 13, no. 2 (2005): 155–184. 17 Yves Sintomer, “La représentation-incarnation: idéaltype et configurations historiques” [Representation as embodiment: Ideal type and historical configurations

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“Amazing Rapidity”

Time, Public Credit, and David Hume's Political Discourses

Edward Jones Corredera

neglected philosophical work on space and time in his Treatise of Human Nature , distinguished between views that remained “stable through time and from place to place”—such as “fundamental common sense beliefs” such as “philosophy, science, and mathematics

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Voices that Matter?

Methods for Historians Attending to the Voices of the Past

Josephine Hoegaerts

readers’ minds. This connection between voice and presence has a long history in Western philosophy. It ranges from Socrates's oft-quoted dictum “Speak, so that I may see you” to Adriana Cavarero's reflections on the primacy of voice in Jacques Derrida

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Jan Ifversen

common enemies (the traditional history of ideas and the ahistorical political philosophy). Richter was still convinced that Anglophone intellectual history, including his own work, would gain from the broader historical agenda, the methodological rigor