As I grow into my academic career, I see both men as models for my developing career. Currently, I am writing my dissertation on the intellectual history of Scottish Toryism. I desire to publish this work as my first book within Boydell and Brewer’s St Andrews Studies in Scottish History. With this first monograph accomplished, I then wish to progress to my great love and write an intellectual history of High Toryism for Brill’s series in intellectual history. A comprehensive history of Toryism has never been attempted since Sir Keith Feiling’s two-volume study. Many works on Toryism focus on specific figures rather than providing a single-volume text. Yet such a work should be written and published for both university syllabi and academic researchers. If it can be written, then I believe that I’m capable of doing so. When I finish at St Andrews, I wish to have the first work under contract and the second planned. The first duty of an academic is to write and publish with teaching as either co-equal or a close second responsibility. I know that my voice will continue to find expression within the history of ideas and by doing so, I will fulfill my admittedly idiosyncratic vocation.
Edited by Jonathan Paquette on April 30th, 2015.
I became fascinated with Rosicrucianism’s involvement in Counter-Enlightenment thought and the role of obscurantism in contradistinction to reason. As an undergraduate at Brown University, I discovered Dr. Christopher McIntosh’s first monograph The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason: Eighteenth-century Rosicrucianism in Central Europe and its relationship to the Enlightenment. Published by Brill in 1992 as part of their series in intellectual history, it served as a model to me of what a sophisticated monograph should ideally be. Based on his earlier 1989 Oxford University dissertation The Rosicrucian Enlightenment and the German Counter-Enlightenment, it combined a detailed analysis of Rosicrucian beliefs within a wider study of its influence within German elite culture. Most notably, McIntosh’s description of Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s court and the Junkers von Wöllner and von Bischoffwerder had a great effect on me. Subsequent readings brought me to Klaus Epstein’s excellent work The Genesis of German Conservatism (1966). I quickly grew to appreciate the manifold discourses within Counter-Enlightenment thought so capably analysed by McIntosh and Epstein.
Epstein, Klaus. The Genesis of German Conservatism. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1966.
McIntosh, Christopher. The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason: Eighteenth-Century Rosicrucianism in Central Europe and Its Relationship to the Enlightenment. 1992.