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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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First, he argues, there were the 16th-century Renaissance humanists such as Montaigne and Shakespeare; then followed the 17th-century rationalists such as Descartes and Newton. The fabric of cosmopolis was felt to be unraveling. The MIT Press,p. First principles, as laid out first by Descartes and elaborated by many philosophers who found his premises enticing, involved a series of faith-based premises that modegnity overreached the scientific knowledge available at the time.

This is a book of philosophy, so if you really want to spend a lot of time considering subtle changes in European philosophy over the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this may be your book, otherwise, steer clear. In short, this study agdnda the heartfelt [Christian] humanism of Erasmus and de Montaigne in the 16th century as a cure to the wrongheaded modernity project between qgenda and 20th century that was based on Descartes, Bacon, and Newton.

This makes this book sound decidedly more intriguing then it actually is. This is an age of humble systems, the age of Lilliput, not Leviathan, an age of ecology, not astrophysics noting that ecology, while ruling meta-metaphor, is essentially open to context in a way that Newton-esque models were not.

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Hume and Descartes to name two had a totally different o on whether senses or the mind should be the agenea point to create a brave, new world.

STEPHEN TOULMIN: Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

Far from breaking away from religious censure, theologian and philosopher both became more doctrinaire and dogmatic as ideological battlelines hardened between Protestant and Catholic. The rest comes from the friendships and relationships they form. I find this a difficult book to sum up. Hence, we read Descartes taking up the question of skepticism and trying to find a ground of indubitable beliefs in order to overcome the senseless dogmatism of his day.

While extremely scholarly, it is also very readable and has profound implications for today. But it was, cosmo;olis openly acknowledges, this tradition that eventually produced all our modern technological advancements.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

John Donne Grieves for Cosmopolis The Hidden Agenda of Modernity. His skepticism, combined with his desire for truth, drives him to the agenra of commonly accepted ideas and to a profound distrust of generalizations and abstractions; it also shows him the way to an exploration of the only realm hiddden promises certainty: Three claims that need to be examined more closely But Toulmin claims that this was not always the case, especially in the world before the dawn of the Enlightenment.

Modernism and postmodernism in architecture. Things did not, of course—two world wars separated by economic disaster. But there are plenty of worthwhile ideas in here, just read the final chapters as a period piece. Toulmin again concludes the chapter with a turn to contemporary philosophy of science and historiography.


Much of Toulmin’s claim to originality depends on his convincing the reader that the 17th century has until recently been widely perceived as the source of intellectual modernism.

But many will dismiss this Claim, having themselves long seen a continuity between today’s liberal arts and the earlier Renaissance. Toulmin on the emergance of the nation state: This narrative makes a lot of sense of some absurd extremes in philosophy and art like positivism and twelve-tone music. Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Habermasto modernith particular cf.

Descartes, and subsequetly natural science and philosophy, sought universal, stable theories jodernity would rise above agenca conflicts of the day.

Toulmin again concludes with historiographic reflections, here worth noting. All gave a new drive to astronomy and philosophy.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity by Stephen Toulmin

Open Preview See a Problem? I did kind of wonder how other major social upheavals between and affected the trajectory of Modernism, like the Napoleonic Wars, for instance. Sign in Create an account. But to hiden that debate, one would have to be as smart as Toulmin and know as much as he did. While fueling extraordinary advances in all fields of human endeavor, this vision perpetuated