Rethinking Intellectual History: Texts, Contexts, Language

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Cornell University Press, 1983 - Philosophy - 350 pages
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Dominick LaCapra calls for a new view of intellectual history—one that will revitalize the importance of reading and interpreting significant texts. In ten essays, he reformulates the problem of the relation between the "great" texts of the Western tradition and their contexts. Seeking to refine "context" into a concept useful to historical research, LaCapra urges intellectual historians to learn from lessons and developments in contemporary literary criticism and philosophy, fields that have undertaken a radical reassessment of the reading of texts.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
13
Discourse
72
Wittgensteins Vienna
84
Who Rules Metaphor? Paul Ricoeurs Theory
118
The Political Unconscious
234
Marxism and Intellectual History
325
INDEX
347
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Dominick LaCapra is Professor Emeritus of History atCornell University. He is the author of many books, including History, Literature, Critical Theory ; History and Its Limits: Human, Animal, Violence ; and History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory , all from Cornell.

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