IU History Dept

    CULTURE, IDEAS, INSTITUTIONS: How Knowledge Changes

Required Reading
Elizabeth Eisenstein, “An Unacknowledged Revolution Revisited” and Adrian Johns “How to Acknowledge a Revolution” (on the “print revolution” in Early Modern Europe), American Historical Review 107:1 (Feb. 2002), 87-105, 106-125.

Sophia Rosenfeld, “Before Democracy: The Production and Uses of Common Sense,” Journal of Modern History 80 (March 2008), 1-45.

Trish Loughran, “Disseminating Common Sense: Thomas Paine and the Problem of the Early National Best Seller,” American Literature 78:1 (2006), 1-28

Further Suggestions
SHARPPeter Burke, What is Cultural History? (2004).

Lorraine Daston, ed., Biographies of Scientific Objects (2000).

Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1979).

Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book (1998).

Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962; 1970; 1996).

Bruno Latour, The Pasteurization of France (1984; 1988).

Karl Popper, Logic of Scientific Discovery (1959).

Karl Popper, "Normal Science and its Dangers," in Imre Lakatos and Alan Musgrave, eds., Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge (1980).

Mary Poovey, A History of the Modern Fact (1998).

Trevor Ross, "Copyright and the Invention of Tradition," Eighteenth-Century Studies 26:1 (1992).

James Secord, Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of 'Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation' (2000).

Steven Shapin, "The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England," Isis 79:3 (Sept. 1988), 373-404.

Steven Shapin, A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (1994).

Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (1985).

Barbara Shapiro, A Culture of Fact: England, 1550-1720 (2000).

Quentin Skinner, "Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas," History and Theory 8 (1969).Kuhn links

Brian Stock, The Implications of Literacy: Written Language and Models of Interpretation in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries (1987).

Steven Woolgar and Bruno Latour, Laboratory Life (1986).


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