The Dictionary of the History of Ideas & A Social History of Friday Cat Blogging, Too
October 28, 2004 10:11 AM   Subscribe

The Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas, edited by Philip P. Wiener, was published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, in 1973-74. The Dictionary of the History of Ideas also appeared in Chinese- and Japanese-language editions. However, the DHI has been out of print for many years. Aware of the new potential offered by electronic access to texts, the Directors and Board of Editors of the Journal of the History of Ideas authorized a grant to support digitization of the DHI. Substantial support has also been provided by the University of Virginia Library through its Electronic Text Center. Came across this at Three Toed Sloth, the weblog of the inestimable Cosma Shalizi, subject of a previous post by yours truly, which I found at this Social History of Friday Cat Blogging in the New York Times, which also mentions a Carnival of the Cats, which is evidently a weekly omnibus of Friday cat blogging posted on the following Sunday. Well, there's a bookmark in here for almost everyone, or so I aim to please.
posted by y2karl (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
[This is good]

This is also going to keep me busy for a long long time. Thanks.
posted by gwint at 11:47 AM on October 28, 2004

Um...interesting bypass of the "one link per day" rule...

I like the main link, though.
posted by rushmc at 12:11 PM on October 28, 2004

Neat stuff. I'd like to see a version of the dictionary sorted by date and maybe indexed to location. Most seem to date from the Rennaissance and Enlightenment periods.

For them to leave out Axtec/Mayan/Olmec cosmology in the entry on cycles is pretty odd.
posted by euphorb at 1:05 PM on October 28, 2004

I have an original set of these, though it's missing volume IV and haven't been able to buy a copy separate from the set. Great site, though.
posted by Ty Webb at 1:13 PM on October 28, 2004

Three Toed Sloth + the Dictionary = [this is good]
posted by LimePi at 1:19 PM on October 28, 2004

The number of responses in this thread is inversely proportional to the quality of the post,

actually, I am diminishing the merit with my writeup!

assmelborp shuts up
posted by samelborp at 1:36 PM on October 28, 2004

Bookmarked the Ideaopedia. Thanks.
posted by kozad at 2:39 PM on October 28, 2004

If I were going to be in the New York Times, I'd rather it was for my poems. But cat blogging is worthy, too. As a friend told me, pundits and poets are a dime a dozen, but cat bloggers are special.

(This is my first MetaFilter comment. Be kind.)
posted by SB at 4:27 PM on October 28, 2004

SB, you cannot be serious. You don't belong here.

Seriously, just kidding.

Great post. Thanks for knowledge.
posted by quadog at 8:58 PM on October 28, 2004

cat blogging gets times coverage?

nice cat and all, but uh....
posted by dabitch at 9:12 PM on October 28, 2004

interesting (but dated): Right and Good

welcome sb : >
posted by amberglow at 9:50 PM on October 28, 2004

Awesome. Thank you for this post.
posted by blucevalo at 10:09 PM on October 28, 2004

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