[Conceptual History. An Introduction]
Conceptual history, considered a German affair for a long time, is now practiced across the globe. Far more than just one of the auxiliary sciences of history, conceptual history has been, since at least the works of Reinhart Koselleck, a theoretically reflective method. This introduction by Ernst Müller and Falko Schmieder examines how conceptual history is employed and undertstood by introducing examples from history, philosophy, history of science, cultural studies, and linguistics and by relating conceptual history to its neighbouring methods such as the history of metaphor, the history of discourse, and the history of mentalities. Finally, the book reflects on the future of conceptual history, examining, for instance, the possibilities associated with digitization.
“With their new book, Ernst Müller and Falko Schmieder do an excellent service to German-language conceptual history by providing advanced students and teachers with a compact, clear, and above all practical introduction.”
Luc Wodzicki, Contributions to the History of Concepts 17.1 (Summer 2022)