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History of Ideas
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The origins and the formation of the composite term “history of ideas” have hardly been investigated. Early attestations point to the late 18th century. In the centers of the Enlightenment, scholars wrote “history of ideas,” employing teleological interpretation models, in order to legitimize the emergence of the new middle-class consciousness as a progress in the awareness of freedom. The literary history of classic reflection disciplines such as philosophy and theology became …

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “History of Ideas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_22733>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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