The issue contains the first of what will be a yearly entry, namely, the publication of the annual History and Theory Lecture. This lecture is jointly sponsored by History and Theory and by the Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History centered at Columbia University in New York City. The first lecture was given on March 5, 2009 by Carlo Ginzburg to a large and appreciative audience; it is entitled, "The Letter Kills: On Some Implications of 2 Corinthians 3:6." It offers a rich history and analysis of the idea of a literal reading of a text and of issues about interpretation that arise from this idea. (The Corinthian verse contains the famous "for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.") In addition to Ginzburg's lecture the issue also contains four articles that show the range of current questions in the theory and philosophy of history:
- Eelco Runia, "Into Cleanness Leaping: the Vertiginous Urge to Commit History"
- Jari Kaukua and Vili Lähteenmäki, "Subjectivity as a Non-Textual Standard of Interpretation in the History of Philosophical Psychology"
- Simon T. Kaye, "Challenging Certainty: the Utility and History of Counterfactualism"
- Zhang Longxi, "The True Face of Mount Lu: On the Significance of Perspectives and Paradigms"
- Michael S. Roth on Georges Didi-Huberman, Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz, and Michael Fried, Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before
- Matt K. Matsuda on Vera Schwarcz, Place and Memory in the Singing Crane Garden
- Rik Peters on David D. Roberts, Historicism and Fascism in Modern Italy
- Stephen Bann on Jean-Louis Schefer, L'Hostie profanée: Histoire d'une fiction théologique (Broché)
- David Carrier on Lydia Goehr, Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory
- Joan W. Scott on Stanley Fish, Save the World on Your Own Time
Click here to read abstracts of these articles: http://www.historyandtheory.org/archives/feb10.html To download a free copy of Eelco Runia's "Into Cleanness Leaping: The Vertiginous Urge to Commit History," please click here: http://www.historyandtheory.org/freearticle.html