Ideas Still Have Consequences

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David Cutler for The Chronicle Review

Today the study of ideas figures prominently not only in history departments but also across the humanities. Scholars have recovered from the misplaced populism that once trashed great books as if doing so were inherently progressive and shed a reflexive anxiety about analyzing ideas and where they come from.

At the same time, in the broader culture, the end of the Cold War and the continuing gridlock of political debate have left many people depressed