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  • McNeely, Ian F. (Oregon Council for the Humanities, 2002-09)
    Before Wilhelm von Humboldt founded the University of Berlin in 1810, it was by no means clear that the university would become the modern world’s dominant intellectual institution. After Humboldt’s reforms, teaching and ...
  • McNeely, Ian F. (2002-11)
    This conference paper discusses three examples of popular Enlightenment, a printed book, a learned society, and a periodical, together denoting a much wider field of institutional experimentation. Each represented a different ...
  • McNeely, Ian F. (Oregon Council for the Humanities, 2004)
    A comparison of ancient Greek and nineteenth-century German gymnastics, with lessons on the two cultures of academics and university athletics today.
  • McNeely, Ian F. (2005-10-05)
    Analyzes the letters of Wilhelm and Caroline von Humboldt, written 1808-1810, which bear witness to the gestation of modern academia within a state shattered by Napoleon’s conquests. This paper aims to show how activities ...
  • McNeely, Ian F. (2006-06-25)
    A synthetic analysis of the academies of the Renaissance and early modern periods, emphasizing their importance as an alternative to the European university and as a bridge between the "two cultures" of science and the humanities.
  • McNeely, Ian F. (2006-10-17)
    Conference paper for a panel on the German Sattelzeit (period around 1800) arguing that German historians should embrace the methods and concerns of world historians and laying out possible research agendas that would result.
  • McNeely, Ian F. (2009-05-20)
    Revisiting Montreal professor Bill Readings’ posthumous critique of the modern university, this talk offers a new framework for understanding both the history of knowledge and changes in its institutions since the end of ...
  • McNeely, Ian F. (Routledge, 2009-12-02)
    Building on the author’s recent survey of Western knowledge institutions since antiquity, this article assesses the impact of current trends in information technology, higher education, science, and the environment on ...
  • McNeely, Ian F. (Ritsumeikan Studies in Language and Culture (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan), 2011-10-06)
    At a time when systematic knowledge of the world’s languages first became possible, Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835) cast language as a vehicle to study the human mind and interpret human cultural difference. Long recognized ...

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