In two recent posts on his German blog “Rotsinn” ("Was will die Begriffsgeschichte noch erreichen? Eine Kritik" and "Was die Begriffsgeschichte noch erreichen will – ein Nachtrag") Burkhard Conrad discusses the purpose and direction of current research in conceptual history. We are publishing Conrad’s posts here again together with an English summary he provided for our website. We invite your comments here below!
“I certainly admire current conceptual history for the breadth of its research and the increasing dynamic of its institutionalisation as an academic discipline (conferences, summer schools, journals etc.). Its growing specialization results in more research that extends to more languages, more historical epochs and more social settings. This is great. However, I sometimes miss a debate, which