Hein van den Berg

Affiliation: 

University of Groningen/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Modeling the History of Ideas

The history of ideas has long been a discipline in disrepute. It has been criticized as involving an improper historical method that does not provide understanding of historical texts. In particular, holists object that the notion of one idea traceable through history is illusory, for ideas cannot be studied in isolation from their context, for their meaning is in constant flux (Skinner 2002).