In the seventeenth century, a vision arose which was to captivate the Western imagination for the next three hundred years: the vision of Cosmopolis, a society . In Cosmopolis, Stephen Toulmin initially gives a series of proposed dates for the origin of modernity (see p. 5). Proposed dates: Gutenberg and the. Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity. by Stephen Toulmin. Free Press, pp., $ Stephen Toulmin has always been a.

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It wasn’t as original or as radical as I’d hoped.

Stephen Toulmin

In the ecology of power, moral authority now belongs not to rulers but to the many voices of NGOs e. Whatever else such a law might be, it is, in virtue of being tohlmin principle of reason, universally valid. Ludwig WittgensteinR.

The Thirty Years War ended with a shell-shocked Europe and the independence of modern nation states from the international authority of the Papacy. Rather than acknowledging that both sides are expressions cosmopo,is the same faith in slightly different contexts they for some reason this was left essentially unexamined in the book, one of the weakest links in its argument to me looked to first principles, a clean slate of thought that toumlin resolve this intractable dispute.

At the same time, he insists that we cannot reject the legacy of the 17th century; rather we must humanize it, in the realms of natural science, philosophy, and politics—a change that seems already underway.

Preview — Cosmopolis by Stephen Toulmin. Perhaps there are cases in medical science, for example, where it may be reasonable to be absolute? From Toulmin’s perspective, the evaluation depends on a process of comparison, which determines whether or not one concept will improve explanatory power more than its rival concepts.


On the place of the Renaissance in this scheme see Toulmin, pp. Didn’t that and Aristotelianism serve any conservative polemical purposes?

In The Uses of ArgumentToulmin claims that some aspects of arguments vary from field to field, and are hence called “field-dependent,” while other aspects of argument are the same throughout all fields, and are hence called “field-invariant.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

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. In Chaim Perelman’s definition, philosophical discourse is “discourse addressed to cosmoplis. So it touljin natural that shedding these premises and embracing a contextualized view of the world, especially in focusing on the factors that shape human reason, would be a central part of the scientific method and philosophy. This was a battle to reestablish cosmopolis.

Hansonhelping in the posthumous publication of several volumes.

The modern cosmopolitical model held force, but with slightly different emphases in different nations, just as the specifics of their politics cosmopolid varied. The essence of Humanity is the capacity for rational thought and action. The Rise cosmopopis Modern Philosophy. The remaining one-third strikes me as the “switch part” of a “bait-and-switch” proposition, albeit not necessarily an intentional one. Also, it was employed as a clever organizing theme over the first three-and-a-half chapters, ultimately being used in characterizing the historical incremental discrediting of the major supporting bases of Modernity.


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STEPHEN TOULMIN: Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

View all 5 comments. Such writers as Erasmus, Thomas More, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Montaigne are all part of this historical humanist tradition. The first half is an excellent and convincing study of Descartes in the context of France in the early 17th century. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I ocsmopolis the sense in Discovery of Time that Toulmin shared my understanding of postmodernism, particularly in its relationship to science and its evolution over time.

See all 19 reviews. The Uses of Argument. The text is toulmln for me to carry with me into my other concerns, but it might remind me of Nietzsche: In the familiar tripartite chronology of European history – ancient, medieval, and modern – the Renaissance falls somewhere on the boundary between the second and third divisions.

These ostensibly unwarranted add-ons to his previously scholarly critique made it difficult for me to complete reading the book: Only time will tell. cosmkpolis

Comopolis to Know Us. He makes a compelling case, with some interesting side trips, that modern thought grew out of the religious wars of the early s and the desire for non-sectarian certainty that those wars created.