Intellectual history is a diverse and thriving field of inquiry that emphasizes the transformation of ideas, ideologies, intellectuals, and scholarly institutions over time. To get a better idea of what intellectual history is, we recommend you read Peter Gordon's helpful introduction to the subject.
Harvard’s department of history is home to a great many intellectual historians. For sheer number, there are perhaps more of us here than at any other single department in Europe or North America, joined by affiliated faculty in Harvard's department of philosophy, in the department of government, and history of science. We work on topics spanning the centuries and crossing the globe, from Asia to the Americas and from Ancient Greece to Modern Europe.
Sampling of recent courses offered in intellectual history
Note: This course list is for information purposes only and is not regularly updated. Consult my.harvard.edu for the most up-to-date information about course offerings.
CULTBLF 20 | Reason and Faith in the West (Ann Blair)
HIST 13k | Understanding Beethoven (Peter Gordon/Alexander Rehding)
HIST 97b | What is Intellectual History? (David Armitage)
HIST 84f | Science and Religion in America (Andrew Jewett)
HIST 1323 | German Social Thought, Nietzsche to Habermas (Peter Gordon)
HIST 1324 | French Social Thought, Durkheim to Foucault (Peter Gordon)
HIST 1330 | Social Thought in Modern America (James Kloppenberg)
ETHRSON 12 | Political Justice and Political Trials (Charles Maier)