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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May 13, Richard Newton rated it really hidren it Shelves: What has changed that now puts the appeal of those ideas in decline?

The 17th century was not prosperity but crisis for Europe: I’m also not sure what “hidden agenda” of modernity means, even after reading the book.


This context gave rise to new methods in philosophy and natural science. Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda—its illusions and its consequences for our present and future world. The Recovery of Practical Philosophy. Things did not, of course—two world modernitg separated by economic disaster. In the seventeenth century, a vision arose which was to captivate the Western imagination for the next three hundred years: These twin trajectories complicate any evaluation of Modernity or what comes after it.

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. A central role in Toulmin argument is played by Michel de Montaignewho here is portrayed as a proponent of the revival of ancient skepticism in the Renaissance: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. By charting the evolution of modernity, he hopes to show us what intellectual posture we ought to adopt as we confront the coming millennium.


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Return to Book Page. Want to Read saving…. The work of lateth-century novelists and physiologists particularly helped loosen the hold of the latter.

COSMOPOLIS: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity by Stephen Toulmin | Kirkus Reviews

Mar 06, Frankie Della Torre rated it really liked it Shelves: In effect, this undoes the 17th-century moves, circling back to the oral cf. About Contact News Giving to the Press. Toulmin again concludes the chapter with a turn to contemporary philosophy of science and historiography.

The years after the Second World War saw the dominance of discrete nation-states or into transnational realities. What is needed for the next century, Toulmin states, is the rebirth of humanist thinking with its classical skepticism to complement–not compete with–today’s overly burdened rational and scientific thinking, Success here would intertwine the sciences and liberal arts and thus bridge the rift in 20th-century thought that C.


What Is the Problem About Modernity? The modern era is arguably less humane, but it’s definitely more mathematical.

Please provide an email address. The book should just be titled Cosmopolis- I wonder if the publisher added the rest of the title to gussy it up a bit.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

In CosmopolisStephen Toulmin initially gives a series of proposed dates for the origin of modernity see p. I was reading this as part of my world history class, because we were debating how relevant the periods called ‘modern’ or ‘post-modern’ are to non-European history. What Ov the Problem About Modernity pp. Mar 16, cognisant rated it liked it. When we do something because it is our moral duty, Kant argued, we are motivated by the thought that, insofar as we are rational beings, we must act only as this fundamental law of practical reason’s prescribes, a law that would of how any rational being in our circumstances should act.

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