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At the same time, he insists that we cannot reject the legacy of the 17th century; rather we must humanize it, in the realms of natural science, philosophy, and politics—a change that seems already underway.

What we need is a modernity that’s been revised by the earlier strand of humanism which really set the stage for modernity itself; all of this entails a focus on the local, oral, particular, and timely, over against the written, abstract, timeless, and universal categories that dominated modernity.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity by Stephen Toulmin

Most places treat it as an artistic period, following modernism in architecture, art, and literature. Contributions to the development of a concept. Not a book to recommend to casual readers OR historians. All the major figures of the western canon are called on stage Descartes, Montaigne, Locke, Hobbes, Galileo, Newton, Freud, Darwin, Marx and Einstein, to name just a few and evaluated not just for what they said but for the context in which they said it.

Rorty, University of Virginia “[Toulmin] has now tackled perhaps his most ambitious theme of all.

It I find this a difficult book to sum up. If they live in a community where they’re in touch with faculty, then their college experience is going to be that much richer.


Toulmin interestingly thinks that Descartes and Leibniz who each sought to ground their inquiries into a timeless, universal language devoid of all biases were really motivated by the chaos of the time period–particularly the meaningless and destructive religious wars following the Reformation.

Eurocentrismo y ciencias sociales. The argument essentially is that there were rationalist and humanist strands to modern thought and the Cartian won out over the Mointaignian because it made practical sense to the ruling elite as a response to the disasters of the Thirty Years War.

It’s the kind of book that I wish had been a lecture hrasfondo discussion instead so that I could say things like, “Well, what did you mean by this?

Marcus rated it it was amazing Jun 26, This is a fascinating narrative Toulmin gives, indeed.

As Toulmin returns to in ch 5, midth-century narrations of Modernity echo nodernidad in which 17th-century folk opted to describe their times. This is an exceptional book that shows how the Enlightenment was a product of the deeply unsettled political, economic and environmental conditions in the 17th century. Request removal from index.

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The start of the 17th century saw a Northern Protestant Europe bathed in prosperity and leisure. At the Creation, God combined natural objects into stable systems. From here Toulmin turns to the 16th-century Humanists, particularly Montaigne. Commonwealth Education Liaison Committee.

Apr 05, Mu-tien Chiou rated it it was amazing Shelves: Art is called to abandon class-based distinctions of respectability. He doesn’t bring in the concept of cosmopolis often enough, for one thing, but maybe he does and I just don’t see it. Find it on Scholar.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

That new intellectual arrangement demanded a new worldview to support it, which was found in an analogy with the new cosmology of Newton. Toulmin proclaims that now is the time to retrieve this humanist heritage.


Fair enough but he’s not convincing that the children of that elite have strong practical reasons to soften their surface allegiance to the “logic” of “scientific” “rationalism”. A couple of issues. The narrative is quite convincing, but it can feel a bit too convincing, a bit too simple. Through that interface, Toulmin posits that the social legacy of the Thirty Years War, a bloody and acrimonious struggle between Catholics and Protestants, created the cultural conditions that valued the hyper-rational ideas of Modernism.

This is a renunciation of the abstract perfectionism of the Rationalists— an abstraction that itself involves an omission of context. Open Preview See a Problem?

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An excellent critique of the accepted explanation for the Scientific Revolution and the philosophical and political movements that it spawned. Viewed together, these moves may be described as a counter- revolution, undoing the gains trazfondo Renaissance humanism.

Gyrus rated it really liked it May 25, The book should just be titled Cosmopolis- I wonder if the publisher added the rest of the title to gussy it up a bit. I also resonate a lot with the humanistic philosophy of Michel de Montaigne. Print technology expanded literacy.