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For a Critical Conceptual History of Brazil

Receiving Begriffsgeschichte

João Feres Júnior

The author argues that the development of a critical history of concepts should be based on a programmatic position different from that of original Begriffsgeschichte, or of its main interpretations. By drawing upon theoretical insights of Axel Honneth, he reassesses the basic assumption of Begriffsgeschichte regarding the relationship between the history of concepts and social history, and calls attention to the problems that spring from focusing analysis almost exclusively on key concepts. According to Feres, special attention should be paid to concepts that are socially and politically effective, but, at the same time, do not become the subject of public contestation. Based on this programmatic position, he ends the article proposing a sketch for organizing the study of conceptual history in Brazil along three semantic regions.

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An Inquiry into the Roots of the Modern Concept of Development

Philipp H. Lepenies

Development policy rests on the conceptual division of the world between developed and underdeveloped countries. The article argues that this dichotomous way of splitting the world into one collective self, on one side, and a collective other, on the other, pertains to the category of what Koselleck has termed “asymmetrical counterconcepts.” Moreover, many of the characteristics of our modern concept of development directly derive from older counterconcepts or dichotomizations e.g. the idea that the underdeveloped can, in principle, “develop” and that developed countries should assist others in developing themselves. In this essay some historical examples of such dichotomies are examined, with a special emphasis on the civilized-uncivilized conceptual pair and on the idea of civilizing the “Barbarian.” The recapitulation of past dichotomies not only unearths the historical influences on the idea of development. Above all, it contributes to a better understanding of its present-day complexities.

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A Tale of Two Freedoms; Semantic Struggles in Roman Antiquity?; Beyond Reception: A Historiography of Concepts in Full Right

Hugo Bonin, Alexandra Eckert, and Andrés Jiménez Ángel

Domitian as examples of failed acceptance. Nebelin's chapter (187–298) deals with the topic of asymmetrical counter-concepts ( asymmetrische Gegenbegriffe ). Koselleck described these as characteristic constituents of semantic struggles to exclude

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On Reinhart Koselleck's Intellectual Relations to Carl Schmitt

Niklas Olsen

asymmetric counterconcepts) and his use of Schmitt's critique in Die Buribunken (The Buribunks) (1918) of the belief in societal progress in nineteenth century historicism in the 1982 essay “Verzeitlichung der Utopie” (The temporalization of utopia

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Groping in the Dark

Conceptual History and the Ungraspable

Jan Ifversen and Christoffer Kølvraa

the conceptual formation of the borders between inside and outside. Using the analytical term “asymmetrical counterconcepts” he outlines large patterns in how identity politics—as we would probably call it today—unfolds in the articulation of

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The Copernican Revolution in Ideology Research; Exploring the Ubiquity of “Progress” in Modern Chinese Thought; History beyond History; Three Stages of the Danish Welfare State through the Prism of Citizen Categories

Tobias Adler-Bartels, Egas Bender de Moniz Bandeira, Kirill Postoutenko, and Johan Strang

philosophically settled (Hans-Georg Gadamer) or politically fixed (Carl Schmitt) conceptual oppositions to the context-sensitive, reversible, and mutually conditioned “asymmetrical counter-concepts.” Another breathtakingly modern and innovative formulation

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From Empires of Nations to the Nation-State of Minorities

The Concept of National Minority in Russian Poland and the New Polish State 1900–1922

Wiktor Marzec

-Political Semantics of Asymmetric Counterconcepts,” in Futures Past: On the Semantics of Historical Time , trans. Keith Tribe (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), 155–191. The second essay is only available in German to my knowledge, and translations are mine

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The Specter of Communism

Denmark, 1848

Bertel Nygaard

Sartori, eds. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), 134–158. On “counterconcept”: Reinhart Koselleck, “On the Historical-Political Semantics of Asymmetric Counterconcepts,” in Koselleck, Futures Past , 155–191; Kay Junge and Kirill Postoutenko, eds

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Modernity, Ḥadātha, and Modernité in the Works of Abdallah Laroui

Conceptual Translation and the Politics of Historicity

Nils Riecken

does not hinge on “traditional values” or “tradition” as its asymmetrical counterconcept. Even if Laroui develops a modernist critique of “tradition,” this critique does not neatly align it with modernist claims of both a “cut” of the present from the

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Precarious Time, Morality, and the Republic

New Granada, 1818–1853

Francisco A. Ortega

struggle is between voting with words and voting with daggers.” 103 The fiery language fashioned asymmetrical counterconcepts: “The opposite of civilization and morality is immorality and barbarism.” Such language did not seek nor admit moderation; it