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On Concepts as Cultural Entities

Peter de Bolla

in The Architecture of Concepts: The Historical Formation of Human Rights

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254385
eISBN:
9780823261178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254385.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter presents a theory of concepts as cultural entities as opposed to mental entities. It outlines how seeing concepts this way leads to an original way of thinking the history of ideas. It ... More


Introduction: An Odd Concept

Eric Schatzberg

in Technology: Critical History of a Concept

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226583839
eISBN:
9780226584027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226584027.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The term technology is everywhere, from TV advertisements to postmodern theories. The term is central to our understanding of modernity, yet the definition of technology is a mess. The term is ... More


Technology: Critical History of a Concept

Eric Schatzberg

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226583839
eISBN:
9780226584027
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226584027.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In modern life, technology is everywhere. Yet as a concept, technology is a mess. In popular discourse, technology is little more than the latest digital innovations. Scholars do little better, ... More


The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Philipp Lepenies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231175104
eISBN:
9780231541435
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175104.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Widely used since the mid-twentieth century, GDP (gross domestic product) has become the world’s most powerful statistical indicator of national development and progress. Practically all governments ... More


A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan

Michael G. Levine

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255108
eISBN:
9780823260850
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255108.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In his famous theses on the philosophy of history Benjamin writes: “We have been endowed with a weak messianic power to which the past has a claim.” This claim addresses us not just from the past but ... More


Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe

Margrit Pernau, Helge Jordheim, Orit Bashkin, Christian Bailey, Oleg Benesch, Jan Ifversen, Mana Kia, Rochona Majumdar, Angelika C. Messner, Myoung-kyu Park, Emmanuelle Saada, Mohinder Singh, and Einar Wigen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198745532
eISBN:
9780191807596
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745532.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the vocabulary of civility and civilization is very much at the forefront of political debate. Most of these debates proceed as if the meaning of these ... More


Conclusion

Philipp Lepenies

in The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231175104
eISBN:
9780231541435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175104.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Provides a summary and talks in detail about recent international initiatives to complement or replace GDP. Makes the point that GDP sits firmly in the saddle because together with the idea of growth ... More


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