Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
September 2, 2015

All too familiar: a disturbed loner wins posthumous recognition by mixing mass murder and mass media. Scott McLemee consults an Italian theorist's reflections on the problem.

August 26, 2015

We divide history into periods just to keep it manageable. Scott McLemee reports on a discussion of whether we're doing it right.

August 20, 2015

A new study probes the secret life a European scholar brought with him to the United States. Scott McLemee finds the mystery only deepens.

August 12, 2015

Michel Foucault made it clear that he wanted his unpublished work to stay in the archives. Scott McLemee considers how it reached escape velocity.

August 5, 2015

The 18th century saw the rise of a taste for crumbling architecture and beautiful ruins. Scott McLemee looks at a study of the contemporary equivalent.

July 29, 2015

Coming soon to an ecosystem near you: cloned mammoths, dodoes, and other long-dead beasts. Or semi-cloned, anyway. Scott McLemee learns the difference.

July 15, 2015

Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.

July 1, 2015

Three years ago, the New York Public Library almost succumbed to a dubious renovation plan. Scott McLemee reports on a book about what happened next.

June 24, 2015

"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.

June 10, 2015

It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.

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September 2, 2015

All too familiar: a disturbed loner wins posthumous recognition by mixing mass murder and mass media. Scott McLemee consults an Italian theorist's reflections on the problem.

August 26, 2015

We divide history into periods just to keep it manageable. Scott McLemee reports on a discussion of whether we're doing it right.

August 20, 2015

A new study probes the secret life a European scholar brought with him to the United States. Scott McLemee finds the mystery only deepens.

August 12, 2015

Michel Foucault made it clear that he wanted his unpublished work to stay in the archives. Scott McLemee considers how it reached escape velocity.

August 5, 2015

The 18th century saw the rise of a taste for crumbling architecture and beautiful ruins. Scott McLemee looks at a study of the contemporary equivalent.

July 29, 2015

Coming soon to an ecosystem near you: cloned mammoths, dodoes, and other long-dead beasts. Or semi-cloned, anyway. Scott McLemee learns the difference.

July 15, 2015

Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.

July 1, 2015

Three years ago, the New York Public Library almost succumbed to a dubious renovation plan. Scott McLemee reports on a book about what happened next.

June 24, 2015

"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.

June 10, 2015

It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.

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