Download Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity by Stephen Edelston Toulmin PDF

By Stephen Edelston Toulmin

Within the 17th century, a imaginative and prescient arose which used to be to captivate the Western mind's eye for the following 300 years: the imaginative and prescient of Cosmopolis, a society as rationally ordered because the Newtonian view of nature. whereas fueling notable advances in all fields of human exercise, this imaginative and prescient perpetuated a hidden but chronic time table: the myth that human nature and society may be equipped into particular and viable rational different types. Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda—its illusions and its effects for our current and destiny world.

"By displaying how diversified the final 3 centuries might were if Montaigne, instead of Descartes, were taken as a kick off point, Toulmin is helping damage the appearance that the Cartesian quest for sure bet is intrinsic to the character of technological know-how or philosophy."—Richard M. Rorty, collage of Virginia

"[Toulmin] has now tackled possibly his such a lot formidable topic of all. . . . His goal is not anything lower than to put sooner than us an account of either the origins and the customers of our distinctively smooth international. through charting the evolution of modernity, he hopes to teach us what highbrow posture we should undertake as we confront the arrival millennium."—Quentin Skinner, manhattan overview of Books

Show description

Read Online or Download Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity PDF

Best rhetoric books

Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication)

In Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece, John Poulakos deals a brand new conceptualization of sophistry, explaining its course and form in addition to the explanations why Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came upon it objectionable. Poulakos argues right realizing of sophistical rhetoric calls for a grab of 3 cultural dynamics of the 5th century B. C. : the common sense of conditions, the ethic of festival, and the classy of exhibition. Traced to such phenomena as daily practices, athletic contests, and dramatic performances, those dynamics set the level for the position of sophistical rhetoric in Hellenic tradition and clarify why sophistry has commonly been understood as inconsistent, agonistic, and ostentatious.

In his dialogue of historical responses to sophistical rhetoric, Poulakos observes that Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle stumbled on sophistry morally reprehensible, politically dead, and theoretically incoherent. while, they produced their very own model of rhetoric that encouraged moral integrity, political unification, and theoretical coherence. Poulakos explains that those responses and substitute models have been stimulated by means of a look for strategies to such ancient difficulties as ethical uncertainty, political instability, and social affliction. Poulakos concludes that sophistical rhetoric was once as worthwhile in its day as its Platonic, Isocratean, and Aristotelian opposite numbers have been in theirs.

At War with Metaphor: Media Propaganda and Racism in the War on Terror

At conflict with Metaphor bargains a compelling research of our public discussions of the warfare on terror and the binding conceptual metaphors during which they're framed. analyzing the pictures of animal, insect, and disorder that form and restrict our realizing of the warfare, and tying those photos to historic and modern makes use of of propaganda and media filters, the authors discover how information media, together with political cartoons and speak radio, are enmeshed during this destructive, dehumanizing language.

Heidegger and Rhetoric

That includes essays via popular students Michael J. Hyde, Theodore Kisiel, Mark Michalski, Otto Pöggeler, and Nancy S. Struever, this ebook offers the definitive remedy of Martin Heidegger’s 1924 lecture direction, “Basic options of Aristotelian Philosophy. ” A deep and unique interview with thinker Hans-Georg Gadamer, who attended the lecture path, is additionally integrated.

How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference with Readings with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates

Click on right here to determine in regards to the 2009 MLA Updates and the 2010 APA Updates. Designed to be transparent and straightforward, how you can Write something re-imagines how texts paintings, with aid for college students anyplace they're of their writing approach. The consultant, in components 1 and a pair of, lays out targeted recommendation for writing universal genres, whereas the Reference, in components three via nine, covers the variety of writing and learn abilities that scholars desire as they paintings throughout genres and disciplines.

Extra resources for Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

Example text

Tolerating the resultingplurality,ambiguity,or the lackof ceftaintyis no error, let alone a sin. Honestreflectionshowsthat it is pan of the price thatwe inevitably pay for being human beings,and not gods. 30 Retreatfrom tbe Rm,aissance During the 17th century, these humanist insightswere lost. In particular, they disclaimedany serious interest in four different kinds of practical knowledge: the oral, the particular, the local, and the timely. s. It was assumedthat new ways of formulating theoretical argumentsmight be found in fields that were as yer merely empirical;but no one questionedthe right of rhetoricto standalongsidelogic in the canon of philosophy; nor was rhetoric treated as a second-classand necessarilyinferior-field.

Modern moral philosophywas concernednor wirh minute "casestudies" or particular moral discriminations,but rather with the comprehensivegeneralprinciplesof ethicaltheory. In a phrase,general principles were in, particular caseswtre out. , the local-a similar conrrasrheld good. The 16th-centuryhumanistsfound sourcesof materialin ethnography,geogmphy,and histoy,l1r none of which geometricalmethodsof analysishave much power. Early in \fhat Is the Problem About Modernitv? 33 the Discourse on Metbod, by contrast, Descartes confesses that he had had a youthful fascination with ethnography and history, but he takes credit for having overcome it: History is like foreign travel.

Timelessmethods of deriving general solutions to universal problems. Thus,from 1630on, the focusof philosophicalinquiries hasignored the particular,concrete,timely and local detailsof everydayhuman affairs: plane,on which natureand instead,it hasshiftedto a higher,Stratospheric general, universaltheories. " The 16th-centuryhumanistshad continued to discussthe issuesof practicalphilosophy;but, like a true intelligentsia, philosophersin the 17th century discussedtheoreticalissuesfrom the sidelines.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.47 of 5 – based on 20 votes