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[Xmca-l] Re: interpretations of the history of ideas
It means to habitually consider any thing in terms of its orgins, Larry,
i.e. how such a thing has come to be.
A technical idea, for instance, consists of notions in relation to
problematic situations. It offers affords a precise solution to particular
framed problems, but that can only really be understood by exposure to
these problems as problems (without which one would not be appreciating the
idea, but rather assimilating contents of the idea in terms of other ideas
one understands). This is not Lovejoy's thesis, however. Technical and
scientific ideas are not the delimited scope of his work. He writes about
other social influences as ideas such as aspects of the Romantic movement.
See the introductory chapter to his his most well-known publication, the
great chain of being.
On 24 November 2015 at 20:04, Lplarry <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Huw, could you say a little more on the (genetic) habit of mind.
> Mike wrote of the relation of image and word referring to (kraut).
> I am curious if this notion of (image) can extend to genetic habits of
> mind. These cultural images are shared and also mediate our ideas and
> In particular I have one image in mind. The image of having fallen away
> from and then returned to ...
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> From: "Huw Lloyd" <email@example.com>
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> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: [Xmca-l] interpretations of the history of ideas
> Apropos of cultural-historical conceptions, I've been reading a little of
> Arthur Lovejoy's approach to the history of ideas (1948). It makes for
> interesting reading, although I'm not particularly familiar with many of
> the references. However, one of the central pivots seems to be 'the
> genetic habit of mind', which, as far as I can discern is the idea behind
> the history of ideas...