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Contributions to the History of Concepts

Aims & Scope

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Contributions to the History of Concepts is the international peer-reviewed journal of the History of Concepts Group (formerly HPSCG). It is hosted and sponsored by the University of Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History.

The journal serves as a platform for theoretical and methodological articles as well as empirical studies on the history of concepts and their social, political, and cultural contexts. It aims to promote the dialogue between the history of concepts and other disciplines, such as intellectual history, history of knowledge and science, linguistics, translation studies, history of political thought and discourse analysis.

Contributions to the History of Concepts is now available on JSTOR!


Subjects: history of ideas, history of ideology, intellectual history, linguistics, political science, political theory

Current Issue

Summer 2018, Volume 13(1)

Editorial: Ism Concepts in Science and Politics
Jani Marjanen


Scandinavianism: Mapping the Rise of a New Concept
Ruth Hemstad

Socialisms in the Tsarist Borderlands: Poland and Finland in a Contrastive Comparison, 1830–1907
Wiktor Marzec and Risto Turunen

Bridging the Political Gaps: Th e Interdiscursive Qualities of Political Romanticism in the Weimar Republic
Christian E. Roques

Pivots and Levers: Political Rhetoric around Capitalism in Britain from the 1970s to the Present
Neil Foxlee

Observations on the Semantic Trajectory of Pluralism in Scholarly Discourse: A Study of Two Argumentative Tropes
Jean Terrier


Overcoming the Trauma of Modernity?
A review of K. Patrick Fazioli, The Mirror of the Medieval: An Anthropology of the Western Historical Imagination
Klaus Oschema

Transformations in Time and Space:Diaspora
A review of Stéphane Dufoix, The Dispersion: A History of the Word Diaspora
Mette Thunø

Closing the Empathy Deficit in Philosophy and History
A review of Derek Matravers, Empathy
Evan Kuehn

Links and Limits between Political Theory and Conceptual History
A review of Iain Hampsher-Monk, Concepts and Reason in Political Theory
Blake Ewing

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