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David Hall

Where Am I?

In the last paragraph of his essay on “The Present and Future of Intellectual History,” Daniel Wickberg observes, “We have yet to have a really good history of American intellectual history, one that explains how we got where we are, how much our approaches are indebted to those of the past and the assumptions they made, and how much we have departed from them.”  What I find most interesting about this statement is not the claim it makes about the need for a history of the field, but the way that it frames an epistemic problem in spatial terms.  We Read more