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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And a ton of science got done nonetheless. These twin trajectories complicate any evaluation of Modernity or what comes after it. Toulmin makes much of his thesis that modernism had two intellectual origins.

The narrative is quite convincing, but it can feel a bit too cosmooolis, a bit too simple. No keywords specified fix it.

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From the very first pages of Cosmopolis Toulmin also establishes the forward-reaching effects of how we choose to narrate Modernity.

Books by Stephen Toulmin. I read Modernify Cosmopolis for a DMin course. The can be no science of psychology. Only time will tell. Sign in to use this feature. Toulmin seeks to answer this question by listening to those who dissented from this cosmopolitical vision.

And literacy was already widespread by the 16th century, with the 17th century witnessing a narrowing of literary creativity.


Toulmin on modern philosophers’ view of rhetoric: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 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. Gyrus rated it really liked it May 25, Jan 08, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Empire of Civilization Brett Bowden.

The utter devastation and ruin of the Thirty-Years Tjefought in the name of which Christian denomination was the one true faith, had made it clear that a quest for certain knowledge could not rest on such a shaky and shifting foundation.

Sep 17, John rated it it was ok. Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda—its illusions and its consequences for our present and uidden world. The research program of modern philosophy To ask other readers questions about Cosmopolisplease sign up. From on, Toulmin 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.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

His skepticism, combined with his desire for truth, drives him to the rejection 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 that promises certainty: Toulmin traces the quest for certainty through faith in science and rationality from thinkers such as Galileo, Descartes,Newton, and Hobbes to modern cosmmopolis.


While extremely scholarly, it is also very readable and has profound implications for today. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. In this case, it is respect for rational lawfulness as such guides me.

STEPHEN TOULMIN: Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

Aug 06, Matthew rated it it was amazing. This effects a change from a fixation on stable systems to attention to functionality and adaptability. The Toulmin Method Exploration and Controversy: As Toulmin returns to in ch 5, midth-century narrations of Modernity echo ways in which 17th-century folk opted to describe their times. Art is called to abandon class-based distinctions of respectability. Toulmin suggests that the 17th century actually witnessed a restriction of rationality, from an Aristotelian interest in practical, kf science to a Platonic devotion to abstracted theory.

But it was, he openly acknowledges, this tradition that eventually produced all our modern technological advancements. Ch One Toulmin enters his re-narration of Modernity by searching out more definite beginning and end points for Modernity.

But the history Toulmin lays out undermines that point.