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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Culture broke free from religious strictures. Additionally, the book was published inand presumably much of the research was done before then.

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In effect, this undoes the 17th-century moves, moedrnity back to the oral cf. Prior sources of certainty, most notably religion, had let them down. I’m also not sure what “hidden agenda” of modernity means, even after reading the book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

They lack democratic control. What Is the Problem About Modernity? Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

All the major figures of the western canon are called on stage Descartes, Montaigne, Locke, Hobbes, Galileo, Newton, Freud, Darwin, Marx and Einstein, to name just a few and evaluated not just for what they said but for the context in which they said it. References to this book Multiliteracies: If an historical era is ending, it is the era of Modernity itself. I heartily enjoyed the story Toulmin weaves. Andrew Aberdein – – Argumentation 19 3: Classical skepticism and the limits of human rationality: This gets awfully silly and at its worse it hiddden in to dreadful pop-Hegelianism that seems hiddeh be assuming History has a natural telos toward western liberal humanism, which is precisely the kind of de-particularised facile universalism that is “rationalism” at its worse – his ostensible target.


Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda—its illusions and its consequences for our present and future world. I got the sense in Discovery of Time that Toulmin shared my understanding of postmodernism, particularly in its relationship oc science and its evolution over time. I did kind of wonder how other major social upheavals between and affected the trajectory of Modernism, like the Napoleonic Wars, for instance.


Mies van der Rohe: This effects a change from a fixation on stable systems to attention to functionality and adaptability. I, with Toulmin, think that there are many things the Enlightenment got right, that we ought to learn from.

Toulmin concludes with a call to return the reasonableness of the 16th century contra the rationality of the next.

Preview — Cosmopolis by Stephen Toulmin. Toulmin basically theorizes that the religious wars of the 17th century rejected the humanism of the Renaissance and we only got it back during the Civil Rights movement. In the ecology of power, moral authority now belongs not to rulers but to the many voices of NGOs e. Thr all 4 comments.

Politics, science and others ought to be ‘reasonable’.



He goes on, “age-old traditions are sometimes conjured into existence long after the event, and the circumstances of their creation throw as much light on the times in which they were invented and accepted as they do on the times to which they ostensibly refer.

This coamopolis an age of humble systems, the age th 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.

What Is the Problem About Modernity? Jan 21, Andrew rated it really liked it. 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. Return to Book Page.

Account Options Sign in. On the place of the Renaissance in this scheme see Toulmin, pp.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity by Stephen Toulmin

It is not like anything else I have read and that is usually a positive for me. The book is relatively academic, but I think anyone with a moderate smattering of intellectual and philosophical knowledge will find it accessible. The Subtext of Modernity. Backing into the Millennium 1.

However, he never illuminated this possibility.