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Cosmopolis The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

ISBN-10: 0226808386

ISBN-13: 9780226808383

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Stephen E. Toulmin

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In the seventeenth century, a vision arose which was to captivate the Western imagination for the next three hundred years: the vision of Cosmopolis, a society as rationally ordered as the Newtonian view of nature. While fueling extraordinary advances in all fields of human endeavor, this vision perpetuated a hidden yet persistent agenda: the delusion that human nature and society could be fitted into precise and manageable rational categories. Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda--its illusions and its consequences for our present and future world. "By showing how different the last three centuries would have been if Montaigne, rather than Descartes, had been taken as a starting point, Toulmin helps destroy the illusion that the Cartesian quest for certainty is intrinsic to the nature of science or philosophy."--Richard M. Rorty, University of Virginia "[Toulmin] has now tackled perhaps his most ambitious theme of all. . . . His aim is nothing less than to lay before us an account of both the origins and the prospects of our distinctively modern world. By charting the evolution of modernity, he hopes to show us what intellectual posture we ought to adopt as we confront the coming millennium."--Quentin Skinner, New York Review of Books
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Prologue: Backing into the Millennium
What Is the Problem About Modernity? Dating the Start of Modernity The Standard Account and Its Defects The Modernity of the Renaissance Retreat from the Renaissance From Humanists to Rationalists
The 17th-Century Counter-Renaissance Henry of Navarre and the Crisis of Belief 1610-1611: Young Ren� and the Henriade 1610-1611: John Donne Grieves for Cosmopolis 1640-1650: The Politics of Certainty The First Step Back from Rationalism
The Modern World View Fashioning the New "Europe of Nations" 1660-1720: Leibniz Discovers Ecumenism 1660-1720 Newton and the New Cosmopolis 1720-1780 The Subtext of Modernity The Second Step Back from Rationalism
The Far Side of Modernity The High Tide of Sovereign Nationhood 1750-1914: Dismantling the Scaffolding 1920-1960: Re-renaissance Deferred 1965-1975: Humanism Reinvented The Twin Trajectories of Modernity
The Way Ahead The Myth of the Clean Slate Humanizing Modernity The Recovery of Practical Philosophy From Leviathan to Lilliput The Rational and the Reasonable Epilogue: Facing the Future Again Bibliographical

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