History of Ideas Club records
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0.57 Cubic Feet (1 letter size document box, 1 letter half-size document box)
Biographical / Historical
The club's membership comprised professors of Johns Hopkins and other universities and Johns Hopkins graduate students. The club met six times each year, and at each meeting a paper was read and discussed. Some of the notable speakers were: Niels Bohr, Alexandre Koyre, W. F. Albright, A. O. Lovejoy, and Hopkins presidents Ames and Bowman. Topics ranged from the problem of causality in physics to animism in Wordsworth.
In 1947 a motion was passed to publish (under the auspices of the club) a volume of collected papers of A. O. Lovejoy. The volume, entitled Essays in the History of Ideas, appeared in 1948 and was well received. In 1959, the club came out with another publication, The Forerunners of Darwin, comprised of essays on the philosophic and scientific foundations laid in the century before Origin of Species was published. Professor Lovejoy was a major contributor to the work.
In 1964, on funds bequeathed to the University by Professor Lovejoy, the Lovejoy Lecture was established. This annual event was not restricted to members; nonetheless the club undertook responsibility for it. The Lovejoy Lecture has since become one of the highlights of the academic calendar.
Scope and Contents
One subject included in the record group which is likely to be of special interest to many researchers is a number of letters handwritten by Professor Lovejoy.
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