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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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.

I got the sense in Discovery of Time that Toulmin shared my understanding of postmodernism, particularly in its relationship to science and its evolution over time.

While fueling extraordinary advances in all fields of human endeavor, this vision perpetuated a hidden yet persistent agenda: Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda—its illusions and its agenra for our present and future mofernity. Stephen Toulmin on our lost faith in Modernity: I am too old to give up my concept of the modern and what I like about it.

But still, cmon, everything the postmodernists were saying in the science wars came straight from science itself especially the recent postmodern offshoots like anthropology and psychology, but still. An example of this convergence, according to Toulmin, is that prior to the Second World War in most Western countries, medicine was considered a technical issue and any moral issue arising here was usually dealt with by those qualified.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

The can be no science of psychology. And Stephen seems to be expecting Gorbachev to be around much longer than he was. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Didn’t that and Aristotelianism serve any conservative polemical purposes? Return to Book Page. The concept of modernity.


I want to situate Cartesian thought within a different scheme. Not a book to recommend to casual readers OR historians. While fueling extraordinary advances in all fields of human endeavor, this vision perpetuated a hidden yet persistent agenda: Modernjtyand theology cf.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Things did not, of course—two world wars separated by economic disaster. But many will dismiss this Claim, having themselves long seen a continuity between today’s liberal arts and the earlier Renaissance.

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Mar 16, Evan Fraser rated it it was amazing. A cogent and insightful archeology of the concept and historical epoch known as Modernity. He doesn’t bring in the concept of cosmopolis often enough, for one thing, but maybe he does and Moderinty just don’t see it.

Perhaps all the research on motivated reasoning and the big debates about data analysis and science funding sources and objectivity that make the problems of objectivity in science so flummoxing to me now were still not well described or publicized then.

But it was, he openly acknowledges, this tradition that eventually produced all our modern technological advancements. But there are plenty of worthwhile ideas in here, just read the final chapters as a period piece. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. There was a problem adding your email address. Terms like medieval, modern era, etc have absolutely no relevance for Chinese history or African history or anything outside xgenda Europe.

There is so much more.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity by Stephen Toulmin

Macintyre – – Schocken Books. Some interesting ideas but uneven. By charting the evolution of modernity, he hopes to show us what intellectual posture we ought to adopt as we confront the coming millennium. In Chaim Perelman’s definition, philosophical discourse is “discourse addressed to reason. What happened in the 17th century to set the stage for the rapid conquest of these ideas? So the author’s way of giving a diachronic account of Western cultural ethos after certain selective thinkers’ name appear to me not so accurate.


Science emerged during a period obsessed with its own objectivity, the independence of its csmopolis from the realities of its thinkers. Their work was cksmopolis a turning point in European history, and deserves to be marked off as aggenda true starting point of Modernity. What Is the Problem About Modernity? From Humanists to Rationalists.

Aug 14, Angie Boyter rated it liked it. These twin trajectories complicate any evaluation of Modernity or what comes after it. Newtonlaw cf. Paperbackpages. The are two interesting things to point out though 1 Machiavelli, who inspired Descartes and Bacon is apparently also a 16th century figure.

May 13, Richard Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Empire of Civilization Brett Bowden.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity, Toulmin

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. El trasfondo de la modernidad.

But Toulmin proceeds ihdden trouble or unseat each of these assumptions about the 17th- century context. Toulmin tries to distinguish himself from Habermas but really his argument and position is paralell.