Franz Fillafer, a research fellow at Leibniz-Forschungsstelle in Germany, is currently preparing an anthology of intellectual history for a prestigious German publisher, C.H. Beck. As Fillafer writes:
“The book is conceived as a reader which introduces about thirty intellectual historians from the 20th century with three to six-pages extracts from their work and brief essays placing them in their intellectual milieus and putting their styles of enquiry into context. Unlike other anthologies our collection will not present the much-rehearsed and reprinted pia desideria on method from Skinner to Pocock (although both will figure in this book), but it rather aims to present texts which permit the reader to follow the selected historians in applying their methods to the sources, to grasp what these methods mean ‘in practice.’”
Dr. Fillafer is looking for a contributor willing to introduce three twentieth-century American intellectual historians for his collection. He thinks that some of the following might be included: Richard Hofstadter, Perry Miller, Henry May, perhaps Louis Hartz. If you are interested, please contact Fillafer: franzfillafer (at) gmail.com
In the meantime, I think it will be fun to use this space to ponder which three U.S. intellectual historians should be included in such a collection. We might also consider which of their texts should be extracted for the anthology. Have at it!