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Clifford Geertz on “Ideology” as an Analytical Term, Pt. 2 April 11, 2012

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This post continues Pt. 1 of a look at Clifford Geertz’s “Ideology as a Cultural System,” first published in Ideology and Its Discontents, ed. David E. Apter (Free Press of Glencoe, 1964), pp. 47-76.

But, before returning to Geertz, I’d like to detour for a quick look at Erik Erikson (1902-1994).  In addition to being a psychologist, Erikson was part of an illustrious club of postwar intellectuals.  His Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History (1958) was cited in a particularly broad literature in the ’60s and ’70s (here’s the Google ngram for “Young Man Luther”), and he was particularly important in establishing “identity” as a term of analysis.  Here’s his take on “ideology” and its relationship to “identity” from the introduction to that book (22):


Crease on Peirce in Physics Today January 28, 2010

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Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914)

I’d meant to link to this earlier, but something was going on with the Physics Today website, and supposedly free content was getting hidden behind a paywall, but this is now resolved.  In the December issue, workhorse historian of physics Robert Crease had an article on Charles Sanders Peirce’s involvement in 19th-century metrology.  Peirce (pronounced “purse”) is best-known today for his involvement with American pragmatist philosophy.  However, like William Thomson, and in association with Albert Michelson (as recently discussed at length by Richard Staley), Peirce was also a key figure in the development of precision instrumentation and experimentation.  The article is very timely to recent posts here, and upcoming posts as well, so do have a look if you’re at all interested.

Primer: American Functionalist Psychology March 4, 2009

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Today’s video Hump-Day History lesson was originally posted at the Advances in the History of Psychology blog and is embedded from YouTubeThe creator of the video, Chris Green, professor of psychology at York University, has given us kind permission to repost it here as part of this series.

After the jump, a mega-fast primer on ideas about the psyche from Aristotle to the 19th century (we love mega-fast primers here), plus links to longer documentaries of which these are quick recaps. (more…)