Some books are well worth reading and Stephen Toulmin’s books, ‘Cosmopolis’ and ‘Return to Reason’ are certainly two of these. They are. In Cosmopolis, Stephen Toulmin initially gives a series of proposed dates for the origin of modernity (see p. 5). Proposed dates: Gutenberg and the. An attempt to reevaluate the intellectual beginnings and basis of modernism and, in so doing, to provide the next century with a more.

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But Toulmin proceeds to trouble or unseat each of these assumptions about the 17th- century context.

From on, Fo discovers, the second group predominated among intellectuals who, amidst a background of religious strife, sought to erase the earlier emphasis on human ambiguity and comprehensive rational theories of society. A couple of issues. This effects a change from a fixation on stable codmopolis to attention to functionality and adaptability.

It is a quest that began in the tatters of the Thirty Years War which left a deep imprint on Descartes and Leibniz. I could not at the end of the book exactly say what the hidden agenda of modernity is. But there are plenty of worthwhile ideas in here, just read the final chapters as a period piece. The Toulmin Method Exploration and Controversy: He undercuts the Cartesian half of his binary with a somewhat dismissive flick, but this dismissiveness strikes me as a move made in petulance.

Ronald de Sousa – – Philosophy in Review 11 2: Aug 06, Matthew rated it it was amazing. How the modern scaffolding” came under criticism: But it was, he openly acknowledges, this tradition that eventually produced all our modern technological advancements.


Some interesting ideas but uneven. This context gave rise to new methods in philosophy and natural science. The Hidden Agenda of Modernity.


While fueling extraordinary advances in all fields of human endeavor, this vision perpetuated a hidden yet persistent agenda: On a positive note, he had moments when he was quite aware that agenfa are not always rosy and we might not be slouching towards Eden. Toulmin suggests that the 17th century actually witnessed a restriction of rationality, from an Aristotelian interest in practical, instantiated science to a Platonic devotion to abstracted theory.

Putting historical events and persons in context that helps explore and examine not just the what but the why of the last three hundred years, Toulmin asks questions such as Why was the urge for a universal, systematic, rational picture of the world so appealing to people in the early 18th century?

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They can only be read by people with sufficient background knowledge to grasp references to works spanning the last or so years and dozens of academic disciplines—criteria that put me only on the fringe of meeting the necessary qualifications. This turn reverberated in understandings of natural science and physics cf. Toulmin makes much of his thesis that modernism had two intellectual origins.

The utter devastation and ruin of the Thirty-Years Warfought in the name of which Christian denomination was the one true faith, had made it clear that a quest for certain knowledge could hiidden rest on such a shaky and shifting foundation.

So the author’s way of giving a diachronic account of Western cultural ethos after certain selective thinkers’ name app In short, this study supports the heartfelt [Christian] humanism of Erasmus and de Montaigne in the 16th century as a moderniyy to the wrongheaded modernity project between 17th and 20th century that was based on Descartes, Bacon, and Newton.

Outside the USA, see our international sales information. 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. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Modern World View. The Far Side of Modernity. Therefore, rhetorical speech is by definition an intended and adapted form of discourse, addressed to specific audiences in particular times and places.


KIRKUS REVIEW An attempt to kodernity the intellectual beginnings and basis of modernism and, in so doing, to provide the next century with a more humanistic outlook–one to counter What the author sees as a pervasive modetnity increasingly and rationalism. I am too old to give up my concept of the modern and what I like about it.

They are all based on events like the Protestant Reformation, and European philosophers responding to the Reformation, and so it is ridiculous to apply them to China.

References to this book Multiliteracies: You may purchase this title at these fine vosmopolis. Young Rene and the Henriade. No keywords specified fix it. Imagination calls science to dethrone physics as a ruling model for all science. Seeing all of these people modernitj over dogmatic commitments that were based on faith alone scared these thinkers and sent them on a journey to finding a universal language that could compel all persons, regardless of their particular biases.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

This is a renunciation of the abstract perfectionism of the Rationalists— an abstraction that itself involves an omission of context. Ch Four From tothe unified nation-state was the central component of political identity. Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda—its illusions and its consequences for our present and future world.