What is intellectual history is a powerful statement of the importance and relevance of its subject from a history of the fields development with a particular focus on the transformation of the history of political thought by john pocock quentin skinner and istvan hont richard whatmore explores the possibilities as well as the limits of intellectual history demonstrating the multiple . What is intellectual history those who practice intellectual history have described themselves as eavesdroppers upon the conversations of the past explorers of alien ideological worlds and translators between historic societies and our own while their critics have often derided them as narrow . Intellectual history has become a commonplace label within the historical profession those who call themselves intellectual historians hail from a variety of backgrounds are committed to a multitude of philosophical positions and work on all subjects and across every historical period. In this engaging and refreshing introduction to the field richard whatmore begins by examining the historical development of intellectual history before dissecting its various methodological debates. Academiaedu is a platform for academics to share research papers
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