New book publication on teleology and genealogy

image-service.aspDear members and friends of the ESHHS,
some of you might be interested in the following book publication:

“From Aristotle’s Teleology to Darwin’s Genealogy – The Stamp of Inutility” by Marco Solinas.

Starting with Aristotle and moving on to Darwin, Marco Solinas outlines the basic steps from the birth, establishment and later rebirth of the traditional view of living beings, and its overturning by evolutionary revolution. The classic framework devised by Aristotle was still dominant in the 17th Century world of Galileo, Harvey and Ray, and remained hegemonic until the time of Lamarck and Cuvier in the 19th Century. Darwin’s breakthrough thus takes on the dimensions of an abandonment of the traditional finalistic theory. It was a transition exemplified in the morphological analysis of useless parts, such as the sightless eyes of moles, already discussed by Aristotle, which Darwin used as a crowbar to unhinge the systematic recourse to final causes. With many excerpts, a chronological sequence and an analytical approach, this book follows the course of the two conceptions that have shaped the destiny of living beings in western culture.

You can order the book directly at the publisher’s website.

Upcoming Conference in Angers – Information

Dear members and friends of the ESHHS,
please find important information about our upcoming conference below:

Please use the Registration form and send it to slevinson.eshhs (at) gmail.com to complete the registration process.

A guide on how to travel to the conference site can be found here, the fastest bus route from the city center to University in here. We also have a map of the campus.

We are all looking forward meeting friends old and new in Angers! If you have any further questions about travelling, registration and attending the conference, please contact our local organizer slevinson.eshhs (at) gmail.com.

ESHHS 2015: Call for papers online

The European Society for the History of Human Sciences (ESHHS) invites submissions to its annual conference to be held at University of Angers, France, from July 7th‐10th, 2015.

Papers, posters, symposia, or workshops may deal with any aspect of the history of the human, behavioral, or social sciences and/or with related historiographic and methodological issues. Submissions (either for papers, posters, symposia
or workshops) must be received by March 10th, 2015.

For further information please see our Call for papers.

Next ESHHS Conference

Our host and current secretary of the ESHHS, Sharman Levinson, has confirmed that our next conference will be held from July 7th-10th, 2015 in Angers, France. A conference website will be constructed soon, so recheck this page for conference updates in mid-september!

Goodbye Oulu!

Bike tour around OuluAfter spending four wonderful days in Oulu, Finland, we had to say goodbye to the wonderful atmosphere of Oulu and Lasaretti, where our current president Petteri Pietikäinen and his team hosted the 33rd ESHHS conference. A big “Kiitos” goes to Petteri and his team for letting us have such a wonderful experience in Finland!

For those who could not attend the conference we put up some images from the conference and the landscape in our gallery (Thanks to Csaba Pleh and David Robinson!). Also, Roger Smith’s keynote can be found on his homepage. We also congratulate Kim Hajek for receiving this year’s Early Career Award!

Our next conference will be taking place in Angers, France. Our local organizer will be Sharman Levinson, the current secretary of the ESHHS board. We are all looking forward to meeting friends old and new there!

European Yearbook of the History of Psychology

Dear colleagues and fellow researchers,
for all who are interested in finding new sources (or publication opportunities) in the history of psychology we would like to recommend to you the European Yearbook of the History of Psychology.
The EYHP is a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to the history of psychology, and especially to the interconnections between historiographic survey and problems of epistemology.

Please view for further information