Intellectual History Group Meeting with Joel Isaac

Joel Isaac

“Philosophical History, History of Philosophy”

Joel Isaac – website
University of Chicago
John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought

Thursday, February 22, 2018
5:00-7:00 PM
212 University Club

Readings: John Kaag, American Philosophy: A Love Story (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016); and Joel Isaac, “Pain, Analytical Philosophy, and American Intellectual History” in The Worlds of American Intellectual History, edited by Joel Isaac, James T. Kloppenberg, Michael O’Brien, and Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), 202-217.


The IHG is an informal, interdisciplinary working group for faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in intellectual history and the history of ideas. Our aim is to investigate the various methods, themes, and theories connected to these fields as well as their relevance to different disciplines. Participants in the group come from a wide variety of disciplines, including history and history of science, philosophy, literature, political science, anthropology, and educational policy studies.

Upcoming IHG Meetings

  • Thursday, April 5th – “Exceptional Essays of Ideas: Examining Useful Models” – Readings: TBD.
  • Thursday, April 26th – “Scholars As Writers: The Fundamentals” – Writing workshop with Alex Star, Senior Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Co-sponsored by the English Department and the History Department. If you would like to participate in the workshop, please RSVP to Jennifer Stitt (
  • Thursday, May 3rd – “Free-range Research: Revisions, Venues, and Next Steps” – Informal presentation of IHGers’ writing projects and progress

NOTE: All events are open to the public, but if you would like to participate in the writing workshop, we kindly ask that you RSVP. We will request that you submit a paragraph-length abstract of the project you plan to work on over the course of the semester (such as a book or dissertation chapter, magazine article, review essay, creative nonfiction, etc.) as well as a three-page-long excerpt identifying a particular problem or question you would like to discuss with our guest and the group. Please submit all materials at least one week before the event.